Call it an effect of the ultimatum given by the Congress councillors or the hue and cry of the local residents, Amritsar municipal corporation on Monday started lifting the garbage that had been strewn across the city, much to the relief of residents of different areas.
Monday's operations were targeted mainly at areas in and around the walled city, with municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal himself visiting a few places to oversee the process of lifting.
However, the MC officials have refused to disclose the location where the garbage has been dumped. The development comes at a time when the MC does not have a landfill site to dump garbage. The Bhagtanwala Dump, which till a few days ago was the site where MC used to dump nearly 600 tonnes per day of the city's waste, is no longer available to it following stiff resistance offered by the residents of localities around it.
In the absence of an alternate dumping site, garbage lifting had remained virtually suspended for the past few days and the city resembled a giant trash can with garbage heaps dotting the city's nooks and crannies. On Saturday, the Congress councillors in the city had given a five-day ultimatum to the municipal corporation authorities to lift garbage, failing which they had threatened to create a dump outside their office at Town Hall.
"It is indeed heartening to see the MC employees hard at work at removing garbage," said Congress councillor Gurinder Singh Rishi. He added that the party councillors would go ahead with their warning of turning Town Hall into a dump if the MC fails to clean the city in five days' time
While speculations were being made about the probable dumping sites for Monday's garbage removal operations, municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal refused to disclose the spot where the garbage had been dumped on Monday and said, "There would be a riot in the city if I disclosed that."
He added that efforts were being made to identify an alternate landfill site. "We are trying to identify an alternate landfill site to dump garbage and we hope that soon we shall be able to find one," he said.
CIPLA HOLDS MEDICAL CAMP AT BHAGTANWALA DUMP
Cipla, a renowned pharmaceutical company, organised a camp near the massive Bhagtanwala lgarbage dump and came across a number of cases of cancer, asthma and tuberculosis.
Dr Rahul Arora, the physician, who conducted the camp, said that the maximum cases received during the camp were those of asthma. "While environmental factors triggered by the presence of the massive dump are to be blamed for these ailments, it would be wrong to blame the dump alone as smoking and unhealthy lifestyle coupled with lack of awareness about the causes and prevention of these diseases too are to be accounted for," he said.