Tarn Taran Diary

Civic body’s garbage dump afire for a year

Civic body’s garbage dump afire for a year

The road which, residents say, witnesses robberies. Tribune photo

The garbage dump of the Municipal Council, situated at the Sachkhand road, has been afire for more than a year. The authorities concerned, who assure from time to time to douse the flames, don’t appear to be serious as efforts so far have failed to bring desired results.

Members of the MC’s fire brigade say that around six months ago, they used to go daily to spray water on the garbage dump but even then the fire couldn’t be doused.

Nishan Singh, Jagjit Singh, Pargan and other residents of the area said they had been regularly requesting the officials concerned to control the fire, but to no avail. According to them, foul smell continues to emanate from the dump, making the life miserable for people nearby. They said their relatives hesitated to visit them even during family functions or other events.

“Whenever we go to the Municipal Council authorities, they insult us, questioning why we have chosen such an area to reside as the dump has been present for decades? Now, even the Supreme Court has issued instructions against burning garbage and paddy stubble. Even then officials are not ready to act upon our request,” they said.

Sharanjit Kaur, Executive Officer (EO) of the Municipal Council, recently said she was doing her best to bring the fire under control. The results are yet to be seen.

Robberies create terror

The National Highway (NH) 54, constructed just four years ago to ease the traffic, is being used by robbers to target people. Snatchings and robberies on this road in the district have become a routine affair, say residents. Most of such cases go unreported.

Aladinpur village, too, is witnessing robberies which is hardly three km from Tarn Taran town. A few days ago, 15 armed miscreants took away a paddy-laden truck from Khabbe Dogran village on the highway after tying the driver and cleaner at night. Though a case was registered, the robbers are out of the Sadar police reach. Robbers often wait near dhabas and other eating joints alongside roads where truck drivers often take a halt to have meal. After identifying their target, robbers chase the vehicles and loot them.

Such incidents have created a terror among businessmen. The police will have to take tight security measures on highways, especially during night hours, to nail the anti-social elements.

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