Garbage Dumps outside city schools and colleges are becoming a nuisance for both authorities as well as commuters. These dumps outside Guru Nanak Public School in Sarabha Nagar, Government Primary School, Kutcha number 16 and Khalsa College for Women, Ghumar Mandi, are raising a stink around these institutes.
Neither garbage is collected on a daily basis from these dumps, nor are they covered. So it becomes a headache for the commuters and educational institutes, as they have to bear the foul smell all time. However, municipal corporation authorities have turned a blind eye towards these unhygienic conditions in some of the prominent areas where these educational institutes are situated.
The situation is ironic as government and aided schools run health programmes and are surrounded by so much filth that it defies the purpose of such cleanliness activities.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Principal of Guru Nanak Public School Mona Singh, said, “We have spoken to the municipal corporation authorities several times and we get the same one reply that the dump will not be removed but we will clean it every day. However, twice the trucks that come to pick the garbage have broken our boundary wall and we have repaired it from our own pocket.
Due to the garbage dump we are not able to utilise the playground properly as foul smell and flies are a nuisance and health hazard for the school students. Moreover, at the times of school functions such as annual and sports day it is a huge embarrassment for us.”
Jeena Sharma, a Sarabha Nagar resident, said, “The garbage dump near my house is a big problem for us as we cannot stand outside due to the foul smell. Moreover, whenever the trucks come to pick the garbage they add more chaos on the road and block the road which leads to a traffic jam.”
A government school primary teacher at Kutcha Number 16, Field Ganj said, “We have 90 students and the school is running without a roof, classrooms, toilets or drinking water facility. There is a garbage dump outside the school and there is no entrance gate or a proper boundary wall, allowing anybody to enter the school premises, leaving students and teachers unsafe. Moreover, this school has become an open garbage dump for the nearby residents and students are also forced to spend the day among flies and stench.”
Dr Navjot Singh, professor of medicine at Christian Medical College and Hospital, said, “The growth of fungus is high when level of humidity is high as these days. The garbage thrown at dumps can spread various infections as people pass through the dumps. The flies sit on heaps of garbage and then they spread diseases such as gastroenteritis, diarrhoea and other infections of stomach. Sometimes, people came in direct contact of garbage which leads to skin and respiratory problems.”
Davinder Singh, a shopkeeper near Khalsa College for Women said, “The foul smell emanating from garbage dump is creating big nuisance to the commuters. There is risk of spreading diseases.”
Haider Ali, a worker at a shop near one such dump says, “We face a problem after the rain and it is difficult to breathe due to the foul smell. The garbage should be lifted timely. The authorities concerned should pay immediate attention.”
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said, “I agree that dumps on roadside create nuisance for commuters and they should not be there. But there is no other provision to shift these dumps. I ensure you that these dumps will be covered and garbage will be lifted on daily basis.”