The improper lifting of garbage thrown on the roads has left the residents of the city hassled. People say heaps of garbage can be seen lying on the roads, giving the city a shabby look. The situation gets worsened during public holidays.
Three public holidays in a row from Friday to Sunday added to the woes of the residents.
While talking to HT, the people said that many a time public holidays fall in the mid week so the roads become filthy as the safai karamcharis of the municipal corporation don't come for garbage lifting. Apart from giving the city a shabby look, the garbage stinks, creating trouble for the residents as well as the commuters.
The garbage is thrown on the roads mostly by the roadside vendors, who own eatery joints.
HT team visited Chowani Mohalla and Kailash Chowk to find most of the roads strewn with waste material and garbage. Most of the times, the waste material gets stuck into the sewerage lines, leaving these blocked.
High velocity winds these days intensify the problem as these leave the waste material scattered hither and thither.
According to the residents, the safai karamcharis should be regularly put to work to ensure cleanliness on the roads.
Now after three public holidays, the people say, the safai karamcharis will burn the waste on the roads, which would harm the environment. Even a slight rainfall can aggravate the cleanliness problem due to the unlifted garbage. Besides, the heaps of garbage also become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Morning walkers said they didn't go out for two days due to filth on the roads.
MC employees didn't come here for cleanliness for the past three days. Waste material lying on roads gives a shabby look to the city and create trouble for morning walkers. Authorities concerned should find a solution to this problem.
Streets have not been cleaned due to public holidays. Commuters can be seen throwing garbage on the roads. MC should take action against such persons who litter the roads. Safai karamcharis also burn waste material on the roads, which harms the environment.
Veeru Kashap, Councilor Speak
MC should pay extra to the safai karamcharis so that they can work even on public holidays. Moreover, they should also hire extra staff for cleaning the roads.
Gurpreet Singh Gogi
MC workers are not allowed to take offs on public holidays except Sundays. They can get their holidays adjusted in co-ordination with other employees so that the work is not affected. I will ensure cleanliness in the city.
GK Singh Dhaliwal, MC commissioner