Swachh Bharat Abhiyan down the drain in Faridkot, heaps of garbage dot city

  • Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Faridkot
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 22:54 IST

Huge heaps of garbage are a common sight in the town these days. The garbage has not been lifted from the dumping sites in the town for the last three days due to rain. But the dumps have become a source of foul smell and are attracting stray animals in large numbers.

The residents claimed that the garbage collected from the houses has been lying at the dumpling sites for the last three days. "There is no proper system of garbage collection and transporting it out of the town. The private company charges `30 to `50 per household for the collection of garbage, but it is dumped at the nearby dumping sites from where it is further transported to the main dumping sites out of the town. Even the municipal committee does not have any permanent dumping site, wherever it starts dumping the garbage, the people start protesting against it," said Aman Warring, a resident of Harindra Nagar, Farikdot.

"Even if the street channels are cleaned, the slush taken out of them is also dumped on the streets for days to let it first dry before it is lifted. This slush should be immediately transported to the main dumping site so that it does not polluted the atmosphere," said Aman.

"On the one hand, we are boasting of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, but the real picture on the ground is different. Once the private company employees start dumping garbage at one site, it becomes a permanent dumping site as they continue to dump the garbage there on daily basis. The garbage can be seen dumped at many places along the circular road and near the clock tower. The condition of the main town is so bad, and one can well imagine the condition of bastis," said Swarn Singh, another resident of the town.

Many people also continue to dump cow dung along the sewage 'nullah' on the roadside which causes a lot of problems for commuters as well as residents.

Rachhpal Singh Bhullar, executive officer of the municipal committee, said, "Due to rain for the last three days, garbage could not be transported out of the town as the JCB machine does not work when it is raining. However We are going to remove it on Friday."

"We are also in the process of finalising a deal for a piece of land on lease to make it a garbage dumping site. We have also got environmental clearance for the setting up of a solid waste management treatment plant and after it is set up, there will not be any problem of dumping garbage," added Bhullar.

Since the government has engaged a private company to collect garbage from households, the collection has increased manifold while dumping sites and other arrangements are falling short.

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