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150 Dalits of Nabha village forced to live near sewage

In yet another case of subversion of lower caste community, nearly 150 poor Dalits of Thuhi village are being made to live between two sewage puddles, owing to the power politics and indifferent attitude of officials.

punjab Updated: Aug 12, 2016 15:59 IST
Mohit Singla
The residents of the Dalit colony standing near one of the sewage puddles at Thuhi village near Nabha.
The residents of the Dalit colony standing near one of the sewage puddles at Thuhi village near Nabha.(HT Photo)

In yet another case of subversion of lower caste community, nearly 150 poor Dalits of Thuhi village are being made to live between two sewage puddles, owing to the power politics and indifferent attitude of officials.

Thuhi, is a politically significant village in Punjab. Ex-cabinet minister Harmel Singh Tohra hails from the village, PA to ex-MP Maharani Preneet kaur and political advisor to late finance minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh is also a resident of the village. It was also significant in deciding the politics of Nabha block at the time of late minister Raja Narinder Singh.

The residents of the colony have been raising the issue in gram sabhas, since when only one puddle was present and had even written letters to senior officials of district authority, demanding removal of the stenching pond, but nothing happend. Instead, one more way was opened for the sewage disposal on the other side of the colony from another village, Thuha patti.

The stench has got from bad to worse and so have the miseries of the residents of the colony.

“When it rains, the dirty and stinky water rises up to the knees in our houses,” says Kiran pal.

“It was already difficult to sleep as the mosquitoes grow here and another pond has doubled our misery,” said, a 36-yearold Bant kaur.

“For years, we have been shouting to be heard. We have also passed a resolution in Gram Sabha to shift this pond or create a proper drainage system. Why are we forced to live in the waste of the villagers?” asked Pawan kumar, a panch.

“We have sent applications to BDPO, DDPO and Director of rural development and panchayat office but to no avail” he added.

BDPO Sukhwinder Singh said that he would talk to joint engineer on the matter and try to solve the problem.

The Sarpanches of both the gram panchayats are women who could not be reached. However, Palvinder Singh, brother-in-law of Sarpanch of Thuha Patti, who is also a nephew of Harmel Singh Tohra, said that the land belongs to the panchayats and the residents have encroached into the shamlat land. However, we are trying to solve the issue.

“If some panchayat in the past had established the poor in the village land decades ago, can we trouble them like this? Moreover, they were given residence here by marking a colony. In those times, the pond used to be clean and it was connected to bigger drains also which have been closed now. All the garbage of the village collects here now. It stinks in the whole village during the morning time” said Gurmeet Singh, a villager supporting colony residents.

Amid various versions, the life of the colony residents remain miserable. The government and the administration have gone deaf ears to them.