Sanitation workers’ strike: On Day 7, Jalandhar turns into a dump

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2016 13:38 IST
Commuters having a tough time as garbage covers part of Nakodar Road. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

As sanitation workers’ strike entered seventh day, the entire city seemed to be turning into a garbage dump with several prominent roads covered with filth on Wednesday.

Carcasses of stray animals, too, can be seen lying at many open dumping sites, raising fear of spread of diseases. In many areas, people are left with no choice but to burn the garbage, leading to air pollution.

While garbage strewn across nearly half the width of the busy Nakodar road near Link Road has made commuting difficult, the authorities have been forced to close one side of the road from Friends Cinema to Plaza Chowk. All street corners and internal roads of colonies, too, have not been cleaned for the past seven days.

Garbage was also seen overflowing in several other parts of the city, including Kishanpura Chowk, Link Road, Avtar Nagar Road, Kishanpura Chowk, Basti Bawa Khel, 120-foot Road, Rama Mandi Bridge, Ladowali Road, Narinder Cinema Road, Sodal Chowk, Focal Point, Alaska Chowk, Kala Sangha Road and Basti Sheikh Road.

Congress workers standing next to a heap of garbage protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and mayor Sunil Jyoti in Jalandhar on Wednesday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Cops remain on toes at MC building

Heavy police force was deployed outside the municipal corporation building, amid reports that protesters may turn violent and lock the offices. Although, the protesters managed to close down some counters of the birth certificate branch for a few hours, these were opened later.

On Wednesday, eunuchs were seen dancing at the site where Punjab Safai Mazdoor Federation, Punjab Sewer Man Employees Union, Municipal Corporation Coordination Committee Drivers and the Technical Union and Corporation Four Class Employees Union have been protesting. The eunuchs were carrying pictures of cabinet minister Bhagat Chunni Lal, chief parliamentary secretary KD Bhandari and Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Manoranjan Kalia.

Punjab Safai Mazdoor Federation chief Chandan Grewal said if the government failed to accept their demands, the union would start holding massive agitations outside houses of state legislators and ministers.

Telling the protesters to get ready for a long struggle, Grewal said parties won’t be able to exploit them as part of their vote-bank politics this time.

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