Neither Kotkapura nor Farikdot municipal committee has a proper place to dump garbage as a result waste collected from towns is being disposed of unscientifically. In Kotkapura, after collection the waste is thrown into dry ponds of the city.
Faridkot municipal committee also does not have a proper place to dump garbage. Earlier, it was dumping garbage at Machaki Khurd village, 8 km from the city, on 4 acres of government plot. But in October last, the locals and farmers who have fields nearby forced the municipal committee to stop unloading the waste at that place, alleging that it causes pollution and was a threat to the health of residents of the nearby village.
Kotkapura and Faridkot towns have a little less than 2 lakh of population.
The polythene bags scatter in the fields and damage the crops. A solid waste treatment plant, which was supposed to come up over 13 acres of land is nowhere in sight. The plot, which reportedly belongs to the government, is lying vacant near Bir Chahal village, 5 km from Faridkot town. There are a few houses of farmers in the vicinity besides 50-odd houses of the economically-backward people, who have been opposing construction of the waste treatment plant on the said land.
“Where shall we go if the waste management plant comes up here? The environment would be affected and as we live nearby, we will be worst affected by it,” said Scheduled Caste residents.
Amar Kumar Beenu, president, municipal committee, Faridkot, said, “We have no proper place to dump garbage of Faridkot town and it is a big problem. We have also stopped dumping waste at Maccaki Khurd village after people's objection. Now we have to find some dumpyard near the city. However, we are hopeful that the treatment plant would be set up soon. I talked to the officials concerned on Tuesday.”
“The municipal committee, Kotkapura, took some land on hire near Sikhanwala road earlier, but facing people's opposition we could not dump garbage there. Now we have only option of dumping garbage in ponds of the town,” said Bhushan Kumar, senior vice-president of municipal committee, Kotkapura.
A Faridkot resident, Balwant, said, “Dumping garbage in ponds of towns is worst situation for the environment. When the pond or the other low-lying pits are filled with waste, which comprises large quantity of polythene, it permanently curtails the ability of growing trees, plants, shrubs or any other vegetation on it. No tree or plant can develop roots in the soil of a garbage dump. After such places are auctioned to the people with the passage of time, houses built over there develop cracks as their foundations are on the soil mixed with polythene.”
Former chief minister, late Beant Singh, laid the foundation stone to turn the pond into a rose garden in 1995.The foundation stone is still there and some people have started encroaching land around it.
“We wanted to develop a park here and late Beant Singh laid the foundation stone for a rose garden on March 19, 1995. But the MC is filling this pond with garbage. The Congress remained in power from 2002 to 2007, but nobody bothered about the proposed rose garden. We want that there should be at least a park,” said a youth standing near the pond.
Faridkot deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat was not available for comment.