A leakage in sewage pipe has gone unnoticed on the outskirts of the district. This has meant that the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal, which supplies water to the district and the Lambi block in Muktsar, is now carrying dangerous effluents and the water is not fit for supply.
Even as the leakage poses grave danger to residents' health, the Bathinda municipal corporation and the Punjab Water Supply and Sewage Board and officials of the canal lining department are unware of the situation.
It is also not clear that when did the leakage start, but residents claim that it was first spotted 3-4 days ago.
Gurpreet Singh, a resident of the area, claimed that sewage from a nearby pipe carrying liquid waste from Paras Ram Nagar towards the site where ash produced from Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant is dumped was getting merged with the canal water.
Punjab Water Supply and Sewage Board executive engineer SD Kansal claimed to have had no knowledge of the issue and added that a leakage in the pipe might have lead to the discharge if effluents into the canal water.
Sarhand Canal XEN Upkaran Pal Singh also claimed to have no knowledge of the issue.
Bathinda MC commissioner Vipul Ujwal said that the fault will be repaired immediately.
Residents, especially in the villages, are dependent on the water supply from this canal, especially in view of toxic ground water in the area, which has led to several diseases in the region.
Dr Baldev Singh principal of district institute of education and training and others giving away prizes to the competition winners during the seminar of female feticide at Moga on Sunday.