Once a hot topic in polls, Bhagtanwala landfill no longer part of political discourse: The Tribune India

Manmeet Singh Gill

News service stand

Amritsar, November 22

Even as the State Assembly elections approach and all political parties make big promises to win over voters again, the issue of moving the landfill from Bhagtanwala to Amritsar South constituency does not appear. be part of the political discourse this time.

The issue took on immense political importance in the run-up to the 2017 parliamentary elections, before which SAD MP Inderbir Singh Bolaria had cited it as one of the main reasons for his differences with the SAD leadership.

By this time, locals had already formed a Sangharsh committee to organize a protracted protest, creating a lot of heat in political circles.

Bolaria, after pledging his allegiance to Congress, was re-elected as a Member of Parliament, but the issue remains unresolved.

“In recent months, a few machines have been seen to separate the garbage from the landfill, but the larger problem of moving the landfill to a place far from homes remains intact,” said a resident of Dalbir Singh.

Another Kewal resident said: “Before the election, even Captain Amarinder Singh promised to fix the problem. This time around, it seems political leaders are afraid to bring up the issue, as people have known both – Congress and SAD – governments for the past 10 years. “

Residents said the problem had only worsened as more rubbish had been dumped there in the past four and a half years.

It seems that some problems are not revealed until the approach of an election.

The other such problem in the city is the movement of high-power electric cables that cross localities, including the settlement of Indira and other areas of the Majitha road.

Election after election, people are promised the relocation of electric cables and the issue is put aside again until the next election.