Garbage at city railway station a ticket to hospital
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
A garbage dump lying in front of the reservation centre of the railway station in Ludhiana on Friday.