Tribune News Service
Ropar, November 16. Villagers from adjoining areas of city are up in arms against the Municipal Council for dumping garbage here today. Hundreds of residents from Chhota Surtapur, Bhauwal, Taparian and Rauta villages staged a protest near the dumping ground adding that it posed a health hazard for them.
The civic body chose to set up a dumping ground here even though residents of Haveli, Akbarpur, Shahpur and Asron villages had opposed the move.
The residents of Rauta village alleged that the sarpanch of Bhaini village had agreed to earmark the location of the dumping ground even though it was a health hazard for them. The village panchayat was clubbed with Bhini village panchayat and it ignored their interests and allowed the dumping of garbage in their area, said Karnail Singh of Rauta village.
“The garbage has been dumped here for the last six months and since then the number of flies and mosquitoes have multiplied alarmingly in the area,” said Jogindro Devi, Sarpanch of Surtapur village. The stink raised by the garbage has made the life of residents miserable, she said.
Ashok Kumar, executive officer of the Municipal Council, said the site for dumping the garbage was chosen after the consent of the village panchayat. He said that he had received the complaints of the residents and would address their grievances soon, he said.