The Sekha Road at Barnala lacks a proper drainage system and sewage overflows as a matter for routine. Foul stench thus emanates from the road, putting residents and shopkeepers to inconvenience.
At certain points, the road surface has peeled off, posing a threat to pedestrians and cyclists. The road has been in such dilapidated state for over 10 years now, even as residents have complained several times to the appropriate authorities asking for help.
Councillors and the administration have also both failed to correct the situation.
The Punjab Water Supply & Sewerage Board (PWSSB) laid sewer lines in the area without a link for final disposal of sewer and thus the disposal lines have been running with arrangements only for temporary disposal.
Apart from the poor condition of the sewerage board, the road remains congested with trucks as godowns of the Food Corporation of India and Punjab State Warehouse Corporation are also located here. Also, a road connecting Barnala to other cities also runs through the area.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had set a deadline of December 1 to lay foundation stone for Rs. 100-crore project of sewage and water system revamping in city and the project had been entrusted to the Trident Group, but the deadline has gone and expired.
"The level of sewer line is not proper. PWSSB should diagnose the fault, repair it and then to connect it with main sewer line. Road should be carpeted after repairing the sewer line first."
-Lalit Garg, BJP leader
"We have been putting up with filth for over a decade. Leaders have done no good to us except empty promises. Our cries for help have gone unheeded and numerous meetings with leaders and officers have borne no fruit."
-Ramesh Dhaula, shopkeeper
"The sewer line on Sekha Road had no link for disposal since its consruction. Now we are connecting it to main line of the city through a line beneath railways crossing. The 10-crore project will start in a week and complete in 6 months time."
-Sita Ram, SDO, Sewarage Board