4 years on, Goraya still waiting for sewerage treatment plant
Four years and many crores later, Goraya residents still await the proposed sewage treatment plant (STP), while stagnant drain water leads to mosquito breeding and foul smell.punjab Updated: Nov 10, 2014 23:51 IST
Four years and many crores later, Goraya residents still await the proposed sewage treatment plant (STP), while stagnant drain water leads to mosquito breeding and foul smell.
Due to the lack of a proper sewage system, drain water is let out into ponds. Even the ponds have now begun overflowing. The Football Playground in Jai Hind Colony, which is next to one such pond, has been flooded because of contaminated water overflowing from the water body.
The project estimated to cost about Rs 28 crore was given to the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Phagwara, for execution. And the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) was to provide funds for it.
In the first phase, GLADA sanctioned around Rs 6.5 crore to start the project. So far, the sewerage board has spent about Rs 9 crore on the STP's construction.
However, of the total 35.5 km of sewer pipes to be laid, the authorities have completed only 11 km.
Though the Main Pumping System (MPS) has been completed, the equipment required to finish the STP installation are yet to be bought.
Moreover, the sewerage board has paid the railways department Rs 1.2 crore to lay pipes from under rail tracks. But, work on it is yet to be started.
Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board sub-divisional officer (SDO) Rajinder Singh said they had paid the sum eight months ago and that there was no reply from them.
"We are waiting for the funds from GLADA to complete the project," he said.
Meanwhile, due to the delay in executing the STP project, untreated sewage water is being discharged into the Goraya's ponds, causing areas such Ram Bazaar Market, Rurka Road and Boparai village to be stench-filled.