THE CHANDIGARH Municipal Corporation has challaned a tractor-trolley of Lions Services for dumping debris and garbage in the forest area near Sector 47 instead of disposing it of at the Garbage Processing Plant, Dadumajra, when the vehicle was caught by a team of Chandigarh forest department in the early hours of Saturday. The forest department also filed a police complaint against the private company. The Lions Services company is hired by the MC authorities for cleaning the city roads during night hours in southern sectors of Chandigarh.
Sudha Chakarpani, director (strategic planning) at Lions Services, Delhi, said, “It was a misunderstanding on part of UT forest department. Our vehicle was merely parked in the forest area because the garbage processing plant does not work during night hours. Our vehicles work throughout the night and sometimes drivers park vehicles on the green belt and in forest area. I will take up the matter with the authorities.”
The driver of tractor-trolley, Arjun Singh, was caught by forest watchman Ravinder Singh, who subsequently called forester Prabhunath Sahi to the spot. Sahi along with three other forest department employees rushed to the spot and informed senior officers. A police party too rushed to the spot. Later, the vehicle was released after charging a fine of Rs 5,000 for throwing garbage on government land by MC.
Santosh Kumar, chief conservator for forest, Chandigarh, said, “We have received inputs from various sources that employees of Lions Services company are throwing garbage and raw material in the forest and polluting the green belt areas for the last one week. The employees of this company kept changing their locations for throwing the garbage in the forest area. My teams were laying traps to catch the private company employees red-handed and the employees along with a garbage loaded tractor-trolley were caught last night.” Kumar said a police complaint was filed at the Sector 31 police station for necessary legal action.
The complaint was filed by forester Prabhunath Sahi, who stated that earlier debris and garbage was thrown in the area of Sector 46, Sector 48 and Sector 49 and company employees had threatened a forest watchman, Rambabu. Sources in the forest department said, “The forest department came to know about the throwing of garbage in forest area near Sector 47 when some morning walkers noticed the stink and started lodging complaints with the forest department.” Inspector Ajay Kumar, officiating SHO of Sector 31 police station, said, “We lodged a DDR in this regard at Sector 31 police station. The matter is being verified.”