If there is one thing that strikes you the most during a visit to the Ram Bagh area of holy city, it is garbage. The entire area is dotted with garbage dumps -- garbage can seen on the pavements, along the road dividers and also in the middle of the road.
The scenario shows the utter neglect Ram Bagh has been facing by the civic authorities. Area residents are living in the most unhygienic and pathetic conditions.
The pedestrians and vehicles are crossing huge garbage heaps in such a casual manner that shows they are quite used to the state of affairs.
An HT team noticed the most shameful sight outside the Ram Bagh police station (A division) where the garbage dump container was overloaded and the litter falling outside the container had covered half of the road.
There is a major problem of sewerage in the area and even the roads have big potholes. The Ram Bagh area connects the walled city and the roads are in a pathetic condition.
Garbage heaps and litter scattered at various places expose all the official claims on cleanliness. The situation is such that garbage heaps are even seen right outside the Ram Bagh Chowk, Ram Bagh railway level-crossing near civil hospital and outside the civil hospital also. The sight of garbage and foul smell welcomes you at Chitta Gumat as well.
Another eyesore sight is seen in Ram Bagh Katra Bagia bazaar which stinks with foul smell as garbage is littered everywhere.
As the entire Ram Bagh area is littered and full of garbage heaps, day-to-day living has become hazardous for area residents, especially children being brought up in such unhygienic conditions.
The civic authorities, including municipal corporation, are hopeless and inefficient bodies appointed by the negligent state government. They are waiting for something big to happen in Ram Bagh before they take us seriously. The littered garbage has led to some minor accidents in the past, now they may be waiting for a fatal one."
Gagan Kumar, resident
During the year-end festive season, including Christmas, neither our business flourished, nor did could our families venture out to enjoy the market view. We remained confined to our homes as the moment we step out of our houses, garbage and foul smell make us and our children feel sick. Elders still have immunity, but we feel sad about children who cannot even play in streets and parks which are in a shabby state."
Ashok Mahajan, shopkeeper
On the New Year eve, we are just sitting at our homes as it is very difficult to drive in our own area, with the garbage littered everywhere. The stray cattle and dog menace also refrains us from going out. Most of the area residents, both elders and children, avoid going to local markets like Katra Bagia as even the market presents an eyesore sight.
Pavan Kumar, shopkeeper
The garbage is all over the city, not only in Ram Bagh area. We had a meeting with Deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat in this regard and now we are meeting chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and would ask him to resolve the garbage issue, which is spoiling the image of the city.
Bakshi Ram Arora