Chandigarh: One of the issues most Indian cities face is garbage management be it the lack of adequate garbage bins where you would expect to find them or timely clearing of these. Chandigarh is no exception, though being the Capital of two States-Punjab and Haryana it gets a lot more attention on such matters, thanks to active citizens and watchful media.
Despite their innocent appearance, dustbins occupy a critical position in any narrative of waste management. It also indicates waste relationship within the society. But despite this, there are still existed grey spots across the city. While the city may not have garbage bins strategically located at major garbage prone areas, it does have plenty of them in the more public parks such as in Sector 48- A.
A retired government official has recently returned as a resident in one of the cooperative housing societies in Sector 48-A, was on his morning jog in the
Park and noticed municipal corporation officials installing new garbage bins without replacing older one. Notably, the park has 21 garbage bins including older one in good condition. He questioned the usefulness of these garbage bins in a park where people only came for a while. Even old garbage bins remained empty for months together then why to waste public money in such a manner.
One may wonder what purpose is really being served by this exercise in a park while there is no garbage or dust bin on either side of the city’s roads. If the garbage cans were just not catching the eye of those who were meant to use them despite being newer and cleaner. The official of the municipal corporation said that councillors were given area development fund and were at liberty to spend the amount to develop their respective areas. Anyhow, the dustbin will remain with us for many more years.
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