The prayers of the residents of localities near the Bhagtanwala dump, who have been protesting for the past 17 days to press their demand for shifting of the dump, may get answered as the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) has launched a search for alternate landfill sites in the city.
Besides, the MC authorities have also shot off a missive to the government in this regard and have sought their intervention.
However, it is hard to say when or whether the demand for shifting the dump would actually materialise as the MC officials remain tightlipped over the matter. The fact came to the fore following the visit of municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal to different places in the city.
On Tuesday morning, Sabharwal visited Fatahpur and Verka and a few other places to look for alternate sites for garbage dumping as, according to the MC officials, the dumping of garbage at Bhagtanwala has been ceased since the residents of nearby localities initiated their protest.
The residents on protest have hailed the development saying that their protest seems to have begun yielding some results. Jagpreet Singh, a resident of Kot Mangal Singh, who is also sitting on protest with other residents, said that it was indeed heartening to know that the ongoing protest of the residents had stirred the MC into action.
However, the MC's search for an alternative dump site apparently failed to convince several others among the protesters, who burnt the effigy of mayor Bakshi Ram Arora for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.
"The dump has been here for the past many years and the MC has never bothered to take measures to protect residents against the diseases caused by it. Many people have lost their lives to these diseases, while several others are suffering. It would indeed be nice if an alternate site is identified soon for dumping of garbage and the dump is shifted elsewhere," said Jagpreet Singh.
Municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal said that he had visited several places in the city, including Fatahpur and Verka, in search of an alternate landfill site. "I have also written to the government in this regard and have brought all facts pertaining to the dump to their notice. Now the ball is in their court and it is for the government to decide what action to take regarding the dump," he said.