Nayagaon has seen a population explosion in the last 15 years, but there has been no corresponding growth in amenities. The residents complain about lack of public parks or dispensaries in the area even though Nayagaon is a nagar panchayat divided into 15 wards for which elections are held every 5 years.
There is not even an electricity office where residents can go and deposit power or water bills. It’s Mullanpur they have to visit for paying the bills or making complaints related to power.
N K Verma, an advocate who lives in Nayagaon, says the construction in the village began in 1970s and was largely haphazard . “But even after notified area committee, the Punjab government is yet to lay proper sewage lines.”
Another resident Anil Kumar says sometimes it becomes impossible to step out of the house because of overflowing sewage gurgling up on the streets.
The leakage of sewage pipelines is an oft-reported problem in different areas because the sewage system was neither planned nor executed well.
The residents dread the summers when they face the twin trouble of erratic water and power supply. In peak summers, the power cuts last for more than five to seven hours.
The residents say more tubewells need to be dug up to ensure regular water supply.
As if this wasn’t enough, the narrow lanes are made narrower due to stray cattle. Farmers in adjoining villages let their cattle lose and they wander all over the roads and streets, posing a threat to the lives of the motorists.
There are no parks where children can play as a result of which they are forced to play on the roads, thereby risking their lives and posing a threat to commuters. The less said the better about the roads. Commuters have to make do with a bumpy ride on the pockmarked inner roads. The residents complain that the authorities do little to improve the condition of the roads. The rains make it virtually impossible to negotiate the potholed roads, resulting in accidents.
SEWAGE AND WATER PIPES
There is no proper drainage system in the area because of lack of sewage lines. The sewage water overflows on to the roads, leaving a foul stench in its wake.
Residents complain they are always at the risk of an outbreak given the poor sewage and old water pipes. The water supply pipes are also worn out and need to be replaced at the earliest. Some houses don’t even have water connections as they don’t fall under the regularized area.
The picturesque village of Kansal in Nayagaon is grossly under developed with sanitation a major cause of concern. Nestled in the foothills of the Shivalik range near the Sukhna lake, it is just a kilometre away from Punjab Secretariat in Chandigarh, and has become a magnet for people wanting to live near the City Beautiful. This may explain why residents claim that Kansal, which was developed in the last five to seven years, is much better off than Kansal, the village.
Parts of the village developed by some private societies have all the basic amenities such as proper roads and sewage system, while the older village lags behind.
Alexander Singh Bains, a resident of Kansal, rues that people coming to the village first see the littered streets. “We also don’t have any dispensary,” complains Bains.
Lack of effective garbage disposal in the area is evident from the garbage strewn at different points in Kansal. Piled up along the roadside, in vacant plots, on the streets, Kansal is one big heap of rubbish.
With no bins installed on the streets, people throw trash wherever they want. Though there is system of door-to-door garbage collection in some societies, it is often collected and and dumped in vacant spaces.
The inner roads in some areas are seldom cleaned, as no safai karamcharis have been deputed for the area.
Even the road in the area next to the proposed Tata Camelot Housing Project has sewage flowing on it.
Local residents complain that the sewage tanks are never cleaned by the department concerned. New sewage lines need to be laid, but the municipal council is yet to take any steps.
WATER AND SEWAGE LINES NEED TO BE LAID
Many residents in the village lack water connection. Some of the residents are still struggling to get their water connection application cleared from the Nayagaon Municipal Council. The water pipes that exist are worn out and there are frequent leakages.
The water supply is also erratic and sometimes residents have to do without water for days together.
Ravinder Singh, a Kansal resident, said about two years back they did not get water for two days due to some fault in the motor.
Rajinder Singh says Block-B in Kansal faces the problem of sewage water overflowing and stray dog menace besides lack of drinking water connection as the Naya Gaon Municipal Council is yet to clear these.
“Even though some colonisers have paid the water connection charges to the council, they are still awaiting drinking water connections.”
Power cuts during peak summer months add to the woes of residents, many of whom have started depending on their own gensets.
STRAY DOG MENACE
Stray dog menace is another threat that is plaguing the area. The stray animals make it difficult for people to walk down the streets. There is always a mess and the roads remain crowded with these strays.
Residents say they have complained to the council a number of times, but to no avail.
INPUTS BY SAROJ MEHTA
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