Two days after the two-day Kisan Mela concluded on the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) campus, garbage continues to be strewn all around and authorities seem to be least bothered to clear it.
Students, faculty, employees and even the morning and evening walkers who daily come here for walk and other recreational activities said it was a tight slap to 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' launched by PM Modi last year.
"The story is same every year. The mela leaves the campus unhygienic every year. We also complained about it to the authorities, but they seem to be least bothered," said a student.
Suresh Kumar, a morning walker, said, "The canteen areas too remain flooded with garbage and filth round the clock. It seems toilets at the university have not been cleaned since ages. One can hardly find a soap to wash hands."
Students, on condition of anonymity, said, "Authorities get the campus cleaned or address these basic issues only when an important delegation or political leader is expected at the university. On rest of the days, heaps of garbage could be spotted in different nooks of the campus."
On December 31 last year, HT had reported that PAU authorities concerned did not clear the litter left after the youth festival at the open air theatre and was scattered all over for more than a month-and-a-half after the culmination of the festival.
Ironically, to show support to PM's 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', PAU's Centre of Communication and International Linkages (CCIL) had on October 2 last year released pictures to the media of V-C BS Dhillon and other faculty members cleaning the campus roads, followed by an oath ceremony to keep the campus hygienic.
Despite several attempts, the V-C and the officiating additional director of communication could not be contacted.