No cleanliness in Udhampur town due to Safai Karamcharis’ shortage

Garbage dump in front of shops at Meat Market Udhampur.
Garbage dump in front of shops at Meat Market Udhampur.

Excelsior Correspondent
UDHAMPUR, Jan 28: As the Udhampur Municipal Council is running short of Safai Karamcharis, the town is facing severe problem of no adequate cleanliness.
Twenty five years back, when there were 10 wards in the town, 150 posts of Safai Karamcharis were sanctioned at the Municipal Council. Presently, the number of wards has increased to 21 but there are only 90 permanent Safai Karamcharis and 55 temporary.
Therefore, heaps of garbage are seen lying scattered in Udhampur here and there notwithstanding the Government claims about launch of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to make India clean and green. The heaps of the filth are dumped along the National Highway and Dhar Road in Udhampur town but the Municipal Council has failed to get the same removed and clean the area.
The heaps of filth and garbage dumped along the National Highway and Dhar Road have added to the woes of people as the same have become health hazards. People visiting the market are forced to cover their mouth as foul smell emanates from the garbage dumps.
A shopkeeper in the Meat Market said that, the heaps of filth have been dumped in front of their shops for last many months, but neither the Municipal Council not the District Administration Udhampur takes cognizance of the same. “Several times we have brought up this problem into the notice of higher authorities but all in vain,” he added.
Garbage dumps can be seen in front of Govt District Hospital, Vince Chowk, near Deputy Commissioner Office, Mini Bus Stand, Salian Talab, near CMO office Udhampur and in front of ITI College etc.