A locality built over 20 years ago lacking sewage facility? This can happen only in our country. In Ramnagar in the district, stinking surroundings is a reality that the residents wake up to everyday. Streets are non-existent or are unpaved, which means that even a single spell of rain turns their locality into a muddy hole, where people venture only in an emergency.
There are unoccupied plots, also known as Chopra Bagh, in ward number 17. Instead of acting as some sort of buffer for the locality, the area, between the railways tracks and the Hari Naon road, becomes a puddle where mosquitoes breed at will in the monsoons.
The only remnants of any sort of sewage system, the water channels (nallis) have simply given up carrying any sewage and remain blocked.
Frustrated residents blocked traffic for some time on the Kotkapura road to draw the attention of the authorities to the hell they are going through. However, no one is sure if the anyone in a position of power will even bat an eyelid at the latest burst of impotent anger.
"I have been living here for the 15 years. No civic development has been witnessed. Some streets have been built and elevated by the residents at their own cost o be safe from floods," claims Harjinder Singh, a milkman.
His house faces the empty plots where water has stagnated just after half an hour of rain.
"The entire country welcomes the monsoon. However, here as we have no drainage system, rains make us fearful. The sewerage system is faulty as the sewage is collected far away at a place, which is located at a higher height than our area," says Baljeet Singh.
"The main street is unpaved and it turns slippery and muddy, making using any vehicle a nightmare. Its level has been raised by the area residents, yet sewage regularly spills on to from the side nallis," says another resident.
"No rickshaw pullers and public transport comes to our locality. Even schools vans drivers have to requested to keep coming to pick and drop our children."
Such has been the slow pace of development here that the residents are claiming that perhaps their community could be the reasons for the state's total indifference to their plight.
Sant Ram, a shopkeeper, says: "I regret to have shifted from my village. This locality is even worse than the most backward of villages. There is no development here. No sewage, imperfect nallis to carry waste water and dirty streets," he says.
Dhanna Basti, ward number18, lies between the Muktsar and factory road, which again has no sewerage system and rain throws their life into a mess.
Most people in Dhanna Basti also belong to backwards sections of society, who opted for the locality because of the cheap plots.
"There is a problem with the sewerage system here. Sometimes, the main sewerage system gets choked. Drinking water is also a problem here as it is a low-lying area. We are trying our best to solve the problem," claimed Satwinder Singh, MC, ward number 17, of Ramnagar.
"In Dhanna Basti, a Rs 52 lakh project has been approved to lay the sewage. In Ramnagar, a proposal is being drawn," said Kotkapura municipal committee vice-president Bhushan Kumar Mittal.
Faridkot deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said: "I have instructed the Kotkapura municipal committee excecutive engineer to speed up work to tackle the issue. As soon as the funds are made available, the work will start. The area is on our radar and we are working on top priority to solve the resident's problems."