It didn’t take long for senior district officials, who had participated in the launch of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, to forget their oath of keeping their surroundings clean.
A day after Diwali, waste could be seen thrown on the roadside outside their houses in Officers’ Colony near Rakh Bagh. Worse, the waste was being burnt in violation of norms right next to the official residence of additional deputy commissioner, causing inconvenience to commuters. The house of deputy commissioner is located around 300 metres from the spot.
Earlier, bins were placed on the roadside in the colony. However, sources said some officials complained to the municipal corporation to remove the bins, as they were leading to insanitary conditions.
Manjit Singh, a resident, said, “The officials seem to have forgotten their oath to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings. If waste is thrown and burnt right outside their houses, how can we expect them to ensure cleanliness across the city? Was cleaning streets with brooms during the launch of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on October 2 just eyewash?”
Amarjeet Singh Sekhon, chief of health and sanitation wing, said, “Burning garbage is unauthorised. We will send a team to inspect who burned the waste. The area will be cleaned on Saturday.”