Garbage at city rail­way sta­tion a ticket to hos­pi­tal

HT Ludhiana Live - - In & Around - Nidhi Bhanot [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

Though cases of dengue and malaria have started sur­fac­ing in the city, un­hy­gienic con­di­tions con­tinue to pre­vail at the lo­cal rail­way sta­tion.

While the city’s rail­way sta­tion over­flows with sewage, it has un­cov­ered man­holes, stag­nant wa­ter and heaps of garbage on rail tracks.

A garbage dump greets one at the en­trance of the rail­way sta­tion; an­other is an eye­sore at the speed-post cen­ter, while trash also lit­ters the bound­ary wall of the reser­va­tion cen­ter. The re­cent down­pour has only added to the stink and squalor.

“A large num­ber of peo­ple visit the rail­way sta­tion and reser­va­tion cen­ter ev­ery­day, which are lit­tered with garbage. The stag­nant wa­ter here is a breed­ing ground for mos­qui­toes. We have com­plained to the au­thor­i­ties a num­ber of times but to no avail,” said a reser­va­tion of­fi­cial on re­quest of anonymity.

The un­hy­gienic con­di­tions have not only made it difficult for pas­sen­gers but also the of­fi­cials work­ing at the sta­tion who may be­come sus­cep­ti­ble to var­i­ous dis­eases.

The stink doesn’t end here. The way to gov­ern­ment rail­way po­lice (GRP) sta­tion and par­cel house is lined with junk too. “We are liv­ing in a garbage dump and could catch any dis­ease,” rues a GRP cop.

A pas­sen­ger, Bobby Sharma, who had cov­ered his nose with a hand­ker­chief, said, “The stench is un­bear­able. I think the rail­way au­thor­i­ties are sleep­ing; this is dan­ger­ous and in­vites out­break of wa­ter-borne dis­eases.”

The in­fra­struc­ture at the sta­tion is al­ready in a di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion. But the rail- way au­thor­i­ties have turned a blind eye.

While the divi­sional rail­way man­ager, Ferozepur Di­vi­sion, N C Goyal, showed ig­no­rance about the un­hy­gienic con­di­tions at the Lud­hi­ana rail­way sta­tion, he as­sured to look into the mat­ter. “Strict ac­tion will be taken against the of­fi­cials con­cerned for such poor main­te­nance,” he added. WHILE THE CITY’S RAIL­WAY STA­TION OVER­FLOWS WITH SEWAGE, IT HAS STAG­NANT WA­TER AND HEAPS OF GARBAGE ON RAIL TRACKS

GAU­RAV BA­JAJ/HT

A garbage dump ly­ing in front of the reser­va­tion cen­tre of the rail­way sta­tion in Lud­hi­ana on Fri­day.

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