Residents dread advancing monsoon as authorities display unpreparedness

Residents of Dadu Majra Colony are dreading the approaching monsoon as they anticipate a host of civic problems to accompany the rains.

Written by Shivani Yadav | Chandigarh | Published:June 17, 2012 2:14 am

Residents of Dadu Majra Colony are dreading the approaching monsoon as they anticipate a host of civic problems to accompany the rains.

The authorities,however,display an apathetic attitude,allege residents,as the administration shifts the onus back to the residents.

“During monsoon,the garbage at the Dadu Majra dumpyard becomes wet and rots. The foul smell that emanates is carried into our homes with the wind. Also,mosquitoes create a menace as the place becomes damp,” said Ram Lal,a resident of Dadu Majra Colony (DMC).

The residents said that DMC was not planned to accommodate many houses and shops and the sewers were small and get blocked easily. “The colony is dirty and stinks when it rains and the garbage run-off block the roads. Last year in June,we had a tough time and this time we are afraid that the problems might increase,” said Parveen Kupahi,a homemaker living in DMC.

On the other hand,the authorities blame the residents for their misery. S S Bida,Chief Engineer of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation,denied the allegations that there was any garbage run-off during rains. “The dumping ground has a boundary wall,along which runs a drain. The residents come and dump garbage in the drains,following which it gets chocked. It is not the department’s fault,” he said.

The Corporation trolley comes to pick garbage,but its frequency is not uniform everywhere.”There is a lot of dust in the air causing respiratory problems in people,” Lal said.

An official from the Chandigarh MC elaborated that they had taken certain steps,including installation of a large dryer over the dump. “We have levelled the ground to form an incline,so that water goes directly into the drains. We put sand over the garbage and run bulldozer over it,so that a semi-solid surface is created and foul smell is not emanated from it. But when it rains,the dumpyard becomes muddy and bulldozers cannot run,” he said.

Lekh Raj,who owns a shop in DMC for the past 40 years,said,“There have been gradual changes in the condition of the dumping ground,but it is far from perfect. The roads have an inclination towards the houses,so whatever comes out from the dumping ground floods the roads.”

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