There seems to be no solution in the sight to the pressing problem of disposing of city’s daily garbage with Bhagtanwala residents adamant on not letting the municipal corporation to dump the garbage there even as the MC is unable to find another landfill site to dump nearly 600 metric tonnes trash produced daily.
With no option left, the civic body sanitation staff are forced to dump the garbage at vacant places in Sultanwind, Verka and Chheharta. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds — they claim — they often have to face stiff resistance from the residents of areas where they dump the garbage.
The district administration too had convened a meeting in this regard, but in vain.
Now call it a failure of the Punjab government, which failed to install the proposed solid waste management plant at Bhagtanwala well in time, before the situation went out of the hand, or the failure of the MC to identify a suitable landfill site following the complaint of the Bhagtanwala residents, who are living amid the stench emanating from the landfill site there.
Though the civic body claims that it has been carrying out garbage cleaning exercise daily, heaps of garbage lying scattered at various place belie its claims.
In the meantime, the Akalis have also joined the residents in their protest, which led to a war of words with their alliance partner BJP.
Meanwhile, residents are not allowing the MC trolleys to dump garbage in their locality fearing they will meet the fate of the Bhagtanwala residents. While the MC officials claimed that their sanitation staff still managed to dump garbage at various places by convincing the residents that “the waste was collected from their locality and not from other locality”.
Stating that keeping the city clean and litter-free was one of the MC’s foremost duties, municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal said lifting and disposing of garbage was becoming a big challenge for them with each passing day in the absence of an alternate landfill site.
On being asked about the MC’s cheating people to dump the garbage, he said, “Garbage has to be dumped somewhere. This is a difficult job, but we are managing somehow.”