Chocked sewers pose challenges to MC

  • Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times, Pathankot
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2014 12:41 IST

With sewers chocked in various parts of the town, the full monsoon is likely to pose serious challenge to the civic body workers who otherwise too can be seen busy removing sewage to clear the blockade.

In 2011, an ambitious sewer project for the town was launched by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at an estimated cost of Rs 52 crore; however, due to fund crunch the project remained incomplete.

The corporation blames it on locals for throwing poly bags in drains and thus chocking the sewer pipes, the locals, on the other hand, claim that the ageold pipes, which are broken at several places, now cannot bear the burden of increased population and the local body needs to plant broad pipes instead.

Vibhuti Sharma, former councillor from Preet Nagar locality, one of the most affected areas, said: “Since the area is very congested and constructions are aplenty, the corporation must chalk out a proper plan to deal with the problem.

“The locality always lives on the threat of gastroenteritis outbreak, as the distance between the drinking water and sewers pipes is too narrow. If any leakage is not checked, the locality gets contaminated water and people fall ill,” he alleged.

Sarvan Kumar, former president, nagar council, said after the council was made corporation, no public representative ever raised the voice of people. “It seems that the overflowing sewers in the town will continue as there is little hope of a solution,” he added.

Deputy commissioner Sukhvinder Singh, who has recently joined, said: “I am taking the problems one-by-one and the sewer system is also on agenda. I have called the corporation officials to speed up the new sewer lines.”

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