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N-choe raises a stink for Mohali residents

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  SAS Nagar, March 30, 2013
First Published: 21:37 IST(30/3/2013) | Last Updated: 21:38 IST(30/3/2013)

Residents of Jal Vayu Vihar in Sector 67 here have been deprived of sleep for years now. They have been spending sleepless nights - courtesy a strong stench emanating from sewage flowing near their apartments.

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The N-choe, which carries sewage from Chandigarh into SAS Nagar, has been a nuisance for the residents for years now. In spite of repeated complaints, all they have got are promises and assurances from the authorities.

“Sewage flowing in N-choe has been a constant nuisance. The sullage has spread over a large area and its stench makes it difficult for us,” said Lt Cdr ML Sharma (retd).

The water body originates near Punjab civil secretariat in Sector 2, Chandigarh; then it passes through Rose Garden, Shanti Kunj, Sectors 16, 23, 36, 41 and 42; Kajheri village, Burail jail; and phases 8, 9 and 10; Sectors 66, 67, Chilla and Manauli villages in SAS Nagar, before culminating in a seasonal rivulet in Patiala district, which further carries it to Ghaggar river in Haryana.

Those living along the N-choe rue that life has become a living nightmare for them.  Even high court had taken suo moto notice of this problem. “The UT administration had submitted before the Punjab and Haryana high court that it would be laying a covered pipeline along the choe through which the sewage would flow.

But nothing has been done so far,” Ranjeevan Singh, who was appointed as the amicus curie in the case relating to the problem being faced by the resident.  “I will write to the administration to seek its reply on the steps taken to resolve the problem,” said the advocate.

Meanwhile, Sharma said that residents had also met the GMADA chief engineer in this regard. “But he only assured us of taking corrective measures,” he said.

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