The gates of All India Pingalwara Charitable Society (AIPCS), which have always remained open for the downtrodden and abandoned, are forced to remain closed now. The reason: piles of garbage and filth that have been dumped outside the Bhai Pyara Singh Ward.
Located in the city centre, the ward houses 98 male patients of the society. Some are physically challenged and immobile, some suffer from mental ailment while others have been diagnosed with life-threatening ailments and require immense care. However, completely ignoring this fact, garbage is being dumped outside the ward by the MC. Perturbed by this action, the society has written to the municipal corporation (MC) commissioner, demanding urgent action.
"The road outside the ward has become a dumping ground. The road is completely broken and remains waterlogged, while 15 dustbins lie broken in the area. The garbage lifting vehicles have been dumping the collection outside the ward, which includes kitchen waste of houses and hotels and plastic bags too. The stink is completely intolerable and unattended garbage poses a serious threat for the patients," said AIPCS general manager Surjeet Singh Rahi in the letter.
The area, which lies near Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra bus stand, witnesses huge movement of vehicles and people. But the ignorance of the authorities is posing a serious health threat for the patients, besides being an eyesore.
"It has been nearly a week since the garbage started piling there.
The garbage collected from nearly areas like IDH market and the hotels is being dumped here by the MC's vehicles. We have tried to talk to the vehicle drivers, but instead of listening to us they indulge in arguments," said Col (retd) Darshan Singh Bawa, administrator of Pingalwara.
"The municipal corporation should realise that there are patients at the ward and the garbage dumping can affect their health. We request the MC commissioner to take up this matter on priority and personally visit the area to understand the situation," said Dr Inderjit Kaur, chairperson of AIPCS.
Copies of the letter have also been sent to the local bodies minister, deputy commissioner and the councillor of Sharifura area Rajesh Honey and MC health officer.
MC commissioner Dharampal Gupta assured prompt action in the matter. "I have not received the letter, but we will take up the matter on priority. I will send a team to the place tomorrow itself and assure that the garbage is lifted," he said.