Piles of cow dung dot the roads, while the overpowering stench from the city's numerous dairies have made life unbearable for the residents.
The authorities, however, continue to dawdle over the decision to move the dairies outside the city limits, as they have been doing for the past decade.
With nearly 1,000 big and small dairies in the city, the issue of shifting of these establishments has remained one of the key agendas of election manifestos over the years, but post-elections, it has failed to find mention in any action plan.
While the municipal corporation (MC) has time and again made plans to shift the dairies, no action was taken.
In 2003, the state government, led by former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, had provided 15 acres at Ablowal village so all the dairies in Patiala could be shifted out.
However, in spite of paying `16 lakh to the forest department for another 6 acre in the same village, the MC continues to wait for clearance from the forest ministry.
Khalsa Mohalla, Arjun Nagar, Sukhdas Pura Mohalla, Arya Samaj, Jattan Wala Chotran, Badungar Colony, Anand Nagar, Tripri, Raghumajra, Lehal Colony, Bishan Nagar, Arora Street, Dogra Mohalla and the area behind Modi College, where most of these dairies are located, are the worst-hit.
In these localities, sewerage pipes often remain choked as dairy owners throw dung into the main line, sources allege.
Sources in the MC said, "Had the dairies been shifted in 2003, the problem of sewerage would not have been as severe as it is now, as over the years dairy owners have expanded their business. In the current scenario, the MC would need another 30-40 acres to shift all dairies."
Besides sewerage, traffic is also affected, with cattle often loitering in the streets and main roads of the city.
Raghumajra resident Kamlesh Kaur alleged that there were several dairies in various residential localities, but the dairy owners made no effort to keep the surrounding areas clean.
"In fact, they openly throw cow dung on the streets, making it difficult for the residents to even breathe properly," she added.
Preetinder, a resident of Anand Nagar, said "These dairies pose serious health hazards since they are a breeding place for mosquitoes, flies and other vectors. Civic body authorities must ensure that either these diaries are shifted from the interiors of city, or the diary owners dispose of the dung in eco-friendly manner rather than polluting the streets and drains."
Piles of cow dung keeps lying in the streets as municipal workers do not clean it. When it rains, the dung spreads over the area, sweeping into the houses. Our repeated complaints have gone unheeded. (Gyan Kaur resident of factory area)
Sewage lines across the city are choked due to dairy waste, which flows into houses when it rains. This poses serious health risks and must be taken take care of on a priority basis.
(Anil Kumar resident of factory area)
Pollution from dairies has been a major cause of concern. However, since no house meeting has taken place since the new mayor took over, the issues continue to pile on and remain unattended.
(Ravinder Pal Singh Cong councillor)
The project to shift the diaries is in pipeline. We are waiting for clearance from the forest ministry, and will start working the day we get it. Dairies set up in the walled city will be shifted on a priority basis.
(Amarinder Bajaj mayor)