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Councillors divided on issue of city sanitation

With many areas of the city in dire need of better sanitary facilities,the Municipal Corporation House has frequently witnessed a debate over the quality of sanitary services provided.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: February 19, 2010 12:16 am

With many areas of the city in dire need of better sanitary facilities,the Municipal Corporation House has frequently witnessed a debate over the quality of sanitary services provided.

Last year,the MC had privatised sanitation services and renewed the contract this year. The House was,in fact,divided over the decision to renew the contract of the private party as many councillors were unhappy with the service provided.

A major issue raised by some was that the number of workers present in many areas was less than that shown on the rolls. Garbage lying in the open,choked drains and overflowing sewages were some other issues raised in the House.

Former Mayor Kamlesh said there was a need to improve sanitation in many areas. “With the prevalence of such conditions,the health of people is constantly at risk. Regular collection of garbage is not taking place. Even when collected,it is not dumped at the designated places,” he said.

In many areas,including Colony Number 5,Mauli Jagran and Bapu Dham,heaps of garbage can be seen piled up by the roadside. Foul smell emanating from the area makes life difficult for residents.

Councillor Sarita Devi,who is chairperson of the Sanitation committee of the Municipal Corporation,said she would start conducting raids in different areas to ensure that adequate number of sweepers are present. “With regular monitoring,the situation would certainly improve. We will ensure that colonies and villages are kept clean. Cooperation of residents is needed for this,” she said.

Last year,surprise checks were conducted by the Sanitation Wing of the civic body and a sum of Rs 2.91 lakh was deducted as fine from the amount paid to the contractor. This was done after workers were found missing.

Lack of sewage facility in Nayagaon: HC notice to Punjab

Taking cognizance of a news item highlighting the apathy of the Punjab government towards residents of Nayagaon,who had pooled in money to install a sewage system,Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued a notice to the Punjab government on thursday to file a response. “If the news item is correct then,it is a clear case of official apathy. Instead of taking the path of agitation against the lackadaisical attitude of authorities,residents have themselves redressed the issue by pooling money and doing the needful,” the order reads.

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