MC acts after residents threaten stir over cleaning of choked nullah
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The municipal corporation on Monday swung into action after the residents of Chandar Nagar threatened stir over the cleaning of the choked nullah at waddi pulli situated on the back of Kundan Vidya Mandir School.
The residents had a tough time because of the foul smell emanating from the nullah and found it difficult to pass from that side.
Jatinder Singh Bajwa, a resident of the area and also general secretary of Youth Akali Dal, got a vague reply from the sub-divisional officer of the area, Balwinder Singh, when he called to complain. It was only after the residents warned the area councillor of protest that the nullah was cleaned a bit.
"I complained to SDO on Friday when the stream was overflowing and asked him to get it cleaned. It was cleaned just as a formality on Friday. On Saturday, it started stinking and overflowing again. Saturday and Sunday passed but no one came to clean. Finally on Monday morning, I called SDO and was surprised to hear the reply. He said 'commissioner ne mainu bandey ni ditte naaley saaf karaan layi (the commissioner has not given me separate staff to get the nullahs cleaned)'," Bajwa told Ludhiana Newsline.
Bajwa again called MC commissioner R K Verma "who assured him of action in few hours" but nothing happened.
It was only after he called up ward number 31 councillor Narinder Singh Malli, and the residents warned Malli of sitting on dharna near the bridge that a JCB machine arrived in the next few hours and started cleaning garbage.
However, the machine did not lift the garbage and only pushed it ahead, blocking the other point of the nullah. "The scene will be the same in the next two days as other point will start stinking," said Bajwa.
However, SDO Balwinder Singh said, "The garbage was not cleaned because of holiday on Sunday. The people do not refrain from throwing garbage into the stream, no matter how many times it is cleaned. Even when we were present there and getting the stream cleaned, people came with sacks of garbage and threw them into the stream in front of us."
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