The ongoing Swachh Bharat drive initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the country seems to have no impact in Sant Nagar locality of Pathankot where residents and the administration seem hardly bothered about their filthy surroundings.
People in Sant Nagar can be often seen throwing garbage in this wide drain passing through this big locality, after cleaning up the interiors of their houses and business establishments.
Though they had once faced the music for this callous act of theirs when the chocked drain could not absorb the flood water which entered into their houses and shops, caused a big loss, it seems they have still not learnt a lesson and have done nothing to clean up the
Not only the drain, but its surroundings also remain full of garbage and stink even as two popular eateries are also situated in the area, which too throw their disposables into it.
The people who construct or repair their houses prefer to use this drain to dump the waste building material which chocks it further.
Bharat Bhushan, who lives in a house along the drain, says, "This is not a drain but a garbage dump where most people throw their garbage daily. Now, when the municipal corporation has deputed some workers to pick garbage after every two days, residents feel more free to throw the garbage as it is being disposed of, keeping the drain in a status quo situation".
Another resident, Sunil Abrol, claimed that the residents have not learnt a lesson after the flooding in the area which happened due to the chocking of the drain. "I had lost my goods in that flood. I don't know how to convince them not to throw garbage in the drain".
Ashwin Mahajan, who also lives in this area, said that the administration must impose fine on the offenders. "Only then, we can expect some improvement in the behaviour of the residents who keep on throwing garbage in the drain," he added.
The local residents in Sant Nagar feel it convenient to throw their waste in this drain passing through the locality rather than going to a far-off area to dump the garbage which fills the drain daily.