Following a report in HT on garbage being dumped outside a local college, the municipal corporation finally took the initiative to clean up the area surrounding the Government Institute of Textile Chemistry & Knitting Technology in Rishi Nagar on Sunday. While welcoming the move, locals have demanded the garbage dump outside the college should be shifted to another location.
Satish Thaman, a resident of Rishi Nagar, said: “It’s good the civic authorities have at last woken up to the problem after it was highlighted by the media. However, this nuisance can only be dealt with in a permanent way if the garbage dump outside the college is relocated elsewhere.”
Responding to the civic body’s unexpected alacrity, the institute’s principal, Karpal Singh Bhullar, said: “The MC’s prompt response has come as a pleasant surprise for the staff as well as students. We hope this paves the way for a longer term solution to the problem, which is only possible if the garbage dump outside the college is removed. After all, hygiene and cleanliness are of the paramount importance.”
Meanwhile, additional MC commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said the area outside the college was cleaned up after he had instructed officials of A2Z, the company tasked with collecting garbage in the city, to get going on the job on Sunday. “We’ve been actively involved in the ‘Swacch Bharat’ (clean India) campaign that aims at ensuring clean surroundings in the city,” he added.