While new UT Adviser Parimal Rai spoke about his focus on Swacch Abhiyan in Chandigarh, garbage was found strewn in the vicinity of the UT Secretariat at Sector 9 on Friday.
The area, which is used for parking by visitors, gave an unclean and shabby look. It was prominently visible on the road that is taken by officers of the UT Administration on way to their offices.
Soon after Rai joined on March 14, in an interaction with the media, he told how Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swacch Abhiyan campaign was his focus among other key issues.
The visitors said after rain, the garbage would raise a stink. “I have been coming here for the past three days and the area stinks. At least the officials should get the area cleaned where their office is situated. People come here and park their cars,” said Narender Singh, a visitor.
Vibha, another visitor to the area, said: “This area has become an eyesore since it gives such a messy look. This stretch gets filled with water and causes inconvenience. When it is being used as a parking lot, why isn’t it being maintained properly. Doesn’t it catch the attention of the authorities.”
She added: “People from other places also come here either to the Chandigarh police headquarters or to the UT
Secretariat or Chandigarh Housing Board office to get their complaints addressed. What impression of the city do they carry.”
This was the look of the city that was ranked second cleanest in the country in a recent survey conducted by the Union Ministry of Urban Development.