Although touted as one of the cleanest cities in Punjab, Mohali seems to be struggling with basic issues like sanitation, public toilets and garbage disposal. Its slums do not have enough toilets forcing residents to answer nature’s call in the open. Most parks do not have toilets, a long-pending demand of residents.
Garbage collection and disposal is a major problem in the city as there are no proper disposal sites in residential areas. Piles of garbage and litter strewn across roads are a common sight in many sectors of the city.
To make the matter worse, there is no proper system of collection and disposal of refuse. Private collectors collect garbage from each house and dump them on an open site near the PCA cricket stadium, which has become a potential health hazard.
Congress councillor from the city, Kuljeet S Bedi, says, “The division of work between GMADA and the municipal corporation leads to these problems. They have had their issues and thus lack cooperation. GMADA is such a huge body, each time it hands over a place to the MC, some funds should also be released for the development of the same”.
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When asked about these issues, assistant administrator of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), Sukhjitpal Singh replied, “There has been a history but with regular meetings, coordination with the MC has improved but it is a government body and has to generate its own funds.”
After much delay, when mechanised cleaning of roads began in August last year, the MC faced vigilance ire for lack of sanitation despite spending crores of rupees on the project.
Many of the parks have not been maintained properly. Residents complain of lack of grass cover and are dissatisfied with the uneven terrain. Ruby, a resident of Sector 69, says, “The park near my house is uneven in many places and walking is not very comfortable.” Over five hundred parks in residential areas are maintained by GMADA while some have been handed over to the Resident’s Welfare Societies.
The phase-8 bus stand serves a lot of people but is in a poor condition. The ambitious bus terminus-cum-commercial complex in phase-6 which was to be completed by September,2013 (the date still appears on the GMADA website) will be a breath of fresh air whenever it starts functioning. With the population of the city having crossed two and a half lac and growing each day, Mohali needs to figure out solutions and do so quickly to keep up with its own pace.
The drainage system is very old and every time it rains, waterlogged roads are a common sight in the city. Monsoons are a big menace but even in case of unseasonal rains, many of the roads remain clogged with ankle high water for hours.