One year on after Garha diarrhoea outbreak, MC fails to vacate plots

  • Parampreet Singh Narula, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2014 23:42 IST

The Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) has not learnt any lesson from the outbreak of diarrhoea in Garha last year as the slum dwellers in the area are still living under subhuman conditions. Even as three people had died and more than 250 people were taken ill by diarrhoea, the civic body has failed to vacate the occupied plots.

Migrant labourers such as those living in Tara Chand Colony earn their living by collecting garbage. They live in spaces rented where they keep the collected garbage as well. This can lead to spread of diseases in the locality.

A five-member committee had decided to take strict action against the owners of those quarters where migrants live under unhygienic conditions. It also ordered the MC to vacate these plots and disconnect illegal water supply in the affected area.
But there has been hardly any change since. Many of the slum dwellers here do not even have doors in their toilets.

It has been learnt that the MC did not remove these slums due to political pressure and even the plot owners had procured legal water supply connections.

Corporate engineer operation and maintenance wing Nacchtar Singh said they had disconnected all illegal connections from the area but some plot owners got legalised them again after some time.
“We have to give water supply for drinking and irrigation purpose. We distributed about 50,000 water chlorination tablets to the residents recently,” he said.

MC commissioner Manpreet Singh Chattwal said the matter had been brought to his knowledge. “I along with divisional commissioner R Venkataraman visited the area recently. As new deputy commissioner has joined we will take a decision to remove these encroachments after taking him to the spot,” he said.

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