With the strike by 400 sanitation workers (safai karamcharis) entering into its 6th day on Wednesday, a delegation of safai karamcharis is scheduled to meet Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday to end the impasse.
So, even as the civic authorities wait for the outcome of the meeting, SAS Nagar has been colonised by garbage and residents are upset at having to bear the stink. With the city generating 130 tonnes of garbage a day and lifting suspended, residents in many localities are resorting to dumping the waste in any open ground that they can find. Residents are also travelling to dumping grounds to dump the waste generated.
“The stink is making it difficult for us to breathe. Making matters worse, garbage is being thrown in the open,” said Sunita Chaudhary, a resident of Phase 11.
“The mayor should break the deadlock. He is the elected representative. How can the city be allowed to be turned into a garbage dump,” said BJP councillor Arun Sharma. Congress councillor Kuljeet Singh Bedi said, “The issue needs to be resolved fast.”
Opposition seeks resignation of mayor
Meanwhile, the MC opposition has demanded the resignation of mayor Kulwant Singh claiming that he had let safai karamcharis hold the city to ransom. “The demands of the safai karmacharis can be resolved only by the government. The opposition must get the issues resolved.”
On heaps of garbage dotting the city, the mayor said, “The cleanliness of the city is on contract and the contractor is responsible. I will soon hold a meeting and act against the contractor.”