Garbage tractor-trailers mess with swachhta

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AmritsarPosted at: Jul 31, 2017, 1:04 AM; last updated: Jul 31, 2017, 1:04 AM (IST)


A tractor-trailer with unbolted back cover in Amritsar. Photo: Nancy Sohal

Divya Sharma

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 30


A lot of garbage lifted by tractor-trailers of the Municipal Corporation is accidentally dumped on city roads. Whenever a tractor-trailer, mostly overloaded, leaves a garbage dumping site, it leaves a trail of trash on roads, much to the chagrin of commuters.
The reason behind this is the unbolted back covers. The irony is that several tractor-trailers of the MC don’t have back covers at all. The apathetic attitude of the MC speaks volumes about its indifference towards the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
These vehicles are mostly active in the walled area of the city. The sanitation employees can be seen loading garbage on trolleys that are already filled completely.
A city resident, who didn’’t wish to be named, said, “The lanes of the walled city are already narrow. The huge tractor-trailers block the way, creating traffic congestion. Garbage also keeps on spilling out of the vehicle. The situation becomes difficult to manage.”
Nancy, another resident, said, “The situation is same, be it the walled city or the Civil Lines. The Municipal Corporation has failed in managing the garbage properly.”
When contacted, MC Joint Commissioner Sorabh Arora said, “The green vans under the solid waste management project are operating in the Civil Lines area of the city. The walled city is being looked by us. These tractor-trailers operate under a contract system. All of them have been directed to ensure that the back cover of trailers are bolted. If there is any lapse, I will get it rectified. Necessary instructions have been given to them.”

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