Thousands of residents of ward numbers 17 and 18 are living in a hell-like situation due to the lack of proper sewerage system in Kotkapura town as the channels along streets are choked and overflowing sewage water gets accumulated in streets.
The channel running along the main street in Ram Nagar, ward number 17 or as known as Chopra Bagh, is all full of stinky water.
“It has been over 20 years since the main sewerage water channel (nallah) was built. It was 3 feet deep then and now it is about 5 feet as the locals have to elevate the road frequently when it becomes muddy as water hardly flows and remains stagnant there,” said a shopkeeper along the street in ward number 17.
“The municipality has not helped us and the sewage level rises in it continuously. Whenever we hold a protest, the municipal committee pumps out the water but now they have not done it too for some time,” he said.
“When it rains, the streets in the locality all become muddy and one finds it difficult to walk.
Then the locals themselves get them elevated and, as a result, the main road has been elevated about 2.5 feet, leaving the houses at a low level over the two decades,” he said.
The locality has about 3,000 population. The mosquitoes could be seen breeding on the dirty stinky water all over. Besides, the pipes of drinking water are also running through the dirty water at many places.
“The sewage water does not flow to the main point at the other side of the town as it is a low-lying area. The sewerage system, which is about 30 to 35 years old, is very faulty and against the slope. So, the sewa from ward numbers 17 and 18 has to be pumped out with a water pump by the municipality,” said Krishan Singh, a shopkeeper, whose shop is situated along the diving road of wards 17 and 18. “Though the channel was cleaned a few days ago, yet it is of little help as the sewage does not find any outflow. It was earlier running into another water channel along the
Muktsar road and fell on some village common land, but now I have heard that someone has stopped the municipal committee from disposing of the sewage water on that plot too and the level of water in channels along streets has risen too much,” he said.
Nearly 150 students of government primary school ward number 12 have also been facing the problem of stinky sewage. Besides the dirty water flowing into the school premises, the municipal committee has made a garbage dump and thrown many water pipes on both the sides of the entrance of school.
HT saw that the dirty sewage water flowing all over near the drinking water tank and bathrooms of the school inside from the main gate.
“I am aware of the problem of the area. The area would soon get relief as the town has got about a
`90 crore project of laying new a sewerage system . The work on it is expected to start after the model code of conduct is lifted,” said Harjeet Singh Sandhu, SDM, and administrator of the municipal committee, Kotkapura.