The generator sets lying alongside roads in open have infuriated the residents as well as those working in Model Town area of the city. These generators encroach public land and were removed by municipal corporation (MC) in the past, but were re-installed.
The noise caused due to generators functioning without canopies in the Model Town area, a commercial hub, is an irritant to the residents of the area. Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and the municipal corporation have failed to take any action in this regard so far.
Complaints against generators at Gole Market of Model Town were also lodged with the municipal corporation for the removal of the same. A visit to the market and adjoining lanes makes it clear that the authorities have not been able to address the concerns of the residents of the area. The generators in the back lane of the market are clear encroachments.
In December last year, the tehbazari wing of the municipal corporation had removed such generators that had encroached upon the roads in Model Town. However, the shopkeepers soon reinstalled the generators, bringing the situation back to square one.
The Punjab Pollution Control Board had not even conducted any inspections to verify the pollution level caused by the generators.
The board has so far not been able to put a rein on use of such generators that causes not only air, but also noise pollution.
Chief environmental engineer Gulshan Rai said no inspections had been conducted by the PPCB to verify the level of pollution caused by the generators in the city so far.
It is the responsibility of the Punjab Pollution Control Board that the generators causing pollution in any area of the city be seized and legal action be taken against the owner of the generators.
The MC should remove encroachments in all areas and not in any specific site. I have also complained against encroachments by generators in Model Town extension area, but to no avail. I am against any type of encroachment, but the law should be same for all. Manvinder Singh Makkar, Model Town area councillor.
The Punjab Pollution Control Board should check the pollution level caused by these generators and MC should check if these have encroached upon the roads. The people are unhappy over the authorities’ inaction. Bhavuk Jain, a Model Town resident.
The generators not only cause air pollution and noise, but have also encroached upon roads in different areas of Model Town. The authorities have failed to act in this direction. The generators, flouting the norms, have been installed mostly by shopkeepers and other commercial establishments. Karan Gandhi, a Model Town resident.
There are several generators in different areas of Model Town that have encroached upon the roads, causing noise pollution during power cuts. The noise is unbearable but the authorities have failed to take action against the offenders. Arvind Sharma, a SBS Nagar resident.