Mullanpur Dakha town that comprises a population of around 20,000 has no proper place to dump the garbage generated every day in the town. As a result, the vacant plots and roadsides have been turning into garbage dumps, gradually.
As per the information provided by the officials at Mullanpur Dakha nagar panchayat, nearly 50-60 quintals of garbage is generated from the town and surrounding villages daily.
Anil Joshi, a local resident, said, “One can see heaps of garbage in the town everywhere, which are defacing the city. Moreover, these dumps have become home to the stray animals. These animals are always roaming around the garbage dumps and the roads, which can lead to accidents.”
Joshi said, “Neither the authorities have been taking steps to lift the heaps of garbage, nor putting check on the rising number of stray animals. The story doesn't end here, as the smell emitted by these dumps is adding to the miseries of the residents.
During rain the garbage floats till the roads and streets of the town, which becomes breeding ground for disease-causing insects.”
As many as 60 sweepers, including 35 on contract-basis used to collect garbage from the roads and household and load it in drums daily. The garbage-lifting vehicles used to lift the drums and used to dump it at various places in the town. The sweepers used to dispose-off some of the garbage by burning it on roadsides.
Telu Ram Bansal, ex-president, Mullanpur Dakha nagar panchayat, said, “The town has been expanding gradually and new colonies are coming up. The nagar panchayat should work according to the plan and should not overlook the need of future and identify a proper place for dumping the garbage as soon as possible.”
Balbir Singh Gill, executive officer, nagar panchayat, said, “We have been looking for a proper place for dumping the garbage. He said the town has its own garbage dump, but it is small to take the load of the garbage generated from the town. Nagar panchayat is taking up the issue seriously and it would be sorted at the earliest.