Expected to work up to 2035, the sewerage system on the northern side of the city, along with the 5.7 MLD (million litres per day) sewage treatment plant, has allegedly proved a failure soon after completion of the work.
The work on the sewerage system was started in 2008, but the northern side is not functioning now. The sewerage pipes were laid in the 5-km stretch of the road up to the sewage treatment plant. But, they failed to work. The department then had to make temporary arrangements and another 3-km pipeline was laid on the left side of the road. But after it, the sewage is being carried through an open nullah for another three kilometers, which is a violation of the rules of the pollution control board
While the city is divided into two parts by the railway line, the sewage of the northern part was not supposed to be pumped into the southern part. But, the department is pumping all the sewage of the Gandhi Nagar locality into the southern part sewerage as the system in the northern part has allegedly failed. The department has installed a power motor.
Next to it, the sewerage pipes are blocked for some length from the Kotli road to the Kotkapura road bypass. Another pumpset has been fitted just in the middle of the road to further pump out the sewage through a polythene pipe up to the next point as sewerage pipes are allegedly blocked.
"The sewerage pipes were laid for about 5 kilometers along Jalalabad, but they failed to work. The repair of the damaged pipes is also a very difficult task because the pipes run under a road. If the road is again dug up, it would be wastage of more money," a source claimed.
Two more power pumpsets are working near the sewage treatment plant.
The foundation stone of the 5.7 MLD (million litres per day) sewerage treatment plant was laid by the chief minister in February 2011, about four years ago. But, now it is being repaired and many people besides machines have been deployed.
"The sewage treatment plant had worked for a month, but then it developed a problem. We are trying to remove the problem. Then, we shall see if the sewage through the pipes laid down for the purpose reaches here," said a worker at the site of the STP.
"The project was supposed to work for 30 years, but it has turned out to be a failure. Rather, it requires more funds on repairs and more labour for running four five power pumps. Some inquiries were reportedly ordered into the substandard work, but we have learnt nothing so far," claimed a local resident.
As the process for municipal elections is on, the department is out to pump out the sewage so that it does not become an issue in the polls.
Amrik Singh, executive engineer, water supply and sanitation department (WSSD), Muktsar, claimed, there was no any problem, but when confronted with the real situation, he said, come to my office and disconnected the call.
RK Tawar, SE, WSSD, Faridkot division, also claimed that there was no any problem, but then said that he would get it checked with the officials concerned if there is one.
"The STP could not get connected due to the problem of waterlogging and blockage in the pipes and
we have engaged employees to clear the blockages. The problem would be solved soon," said Jaskaran Singh, deputy commissioner, Muktsar.