Though Royal City has once again retained the status of becoming Chief Minister’s hometown but the reality is that the city lacks development. Patiala just has 835 sweepers who cater to the needs of more than 5 lakh people. The number of sweepers has considerably gone down in comparison to the increase in the population.
The locals feel that Patiala became a political target in last decade and no development took place in the city.According to the record in 1990, Patiala was having a Municipal Council with a population of one and a half lakh and had 1,475 sweepers to look after 30 Municipal wards .
As the population rose to 4 lakh the city got a Municipal Corporation status and was divided in to 50 wards. Ironically, the number of sweepers with the passage of time reduced to almost half whereas population jumped manifold.
Out of 835, only 560 are on permanent rolls and other sweepers are outsourced from an agency and 38 sweepers are working as daily wagers.
President of Municipal Corporation Sweepers Union, Binny Sahota stated that the issue concerning new recruitment of sweepers has been taken up many times during last 10 years but no one cared about it.
On the other hand, Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj tied to evade the question but stated that the city has been waiting for Solid Wase Management Plant from 15 years now and with change of guard in state a ray of hope has emerged.
It is pertinent to mention that the Municipal Corporation has taken a 20 acres of land in the village Dudhar and gave an amount of Rs 9 lakh to the Panchayat but the waste management project failed to kick off.
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