With politicians exploiting the garbage dump issue for petty gains, the city returns to square one. The city virtually stank on Friday as the garbage removal operations had been suspended for more than four days at Fatahpur.
Following the ultimatum by Fatahpur residents to the municipal corporation on Monday that they would not allow further dumping of garbage in their locality, the MC finds it hard to dispose of nearly 600 metric tonnes of city’s daily garbage in the absence of a landfill site.
After providing a brief respite to the people from stench emanating from heaps of garbage accumulating at every nook and corner of the city due to over a month-long protest by Bhagtanwala residents against the dumping of garbage, Fatahpur residents too raised their hackle following the backing of BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh on the matter.
On the other hand, Bhagtanwala residents claim to have support of chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Inderbir Singh Bolaria. As people in both these areas and local politicians sparring over the issue, Amritsar stinks again.
With no solution in sight to get out of the prevailing mess, said MC officials, they have urged Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to intervene into the matter and resolve the issue.
During a protest staged by Fatahpur area residents, the BJP national secretary had asked the MC to lookout for another site for dumping the garbage.
Meanwhile, a letter issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to the MC to furnish details about the proposed solid waste treatment plant again drove Bhagtanwala residents out of their houses in protest that can aggravate the prevailing garbage scenario in the city.
“It is a tough phase for the MC, as there is no place available at the moment for dumping garbage. Our trolleys are ready to lift garbage, but unless the government steps in and designates a place for dumping, it is hard to resume lifting,” said mayor Bakshi Ram Arora. He added that the MC had written to the government to intervene and resolve the matter.
No politics, says Joshi
Expressing concern over poor sanitary situation in the city, local bodies minister Anil Joshi on Friday urged the local leaders to abstain from playing politics over the issue and urged them to find out a solution to the pressing problem.
“Amritsar is Guru Ki Nagri, which is visited by hundreds of tourists and devotees daily. Consequently, it is very important to ensure that it is kept clean. I urge my colleagues to abstain from playing politics on the issue and, instead, lookout for a solution. I have already apprised the CM and the deputy CM in this context,” he said.