In the absence of a proper garbage dump and garbage disposal plant, beds of the Ravi tributaries and canals in and around Pathankot are being used to dump city garbage.
The Ravi tributaries are further polluted by the untreated sewage of the town and its neighbouring villages that flow all year round into it. In addition, population living on either side of the tributaries dumps their garbage into it without any fear of a fine.
These tributaries and canals are not only feeding agricultural lands in the region, but residents of many slums use the water for drinking and other daily needs.
Besides, Pathankot, Sujanpur and Sarna towns of the district are situated on the banks Ravi and its tributaries, in which the sewage of these towns are thrown.
When water is released from the Ranjit Saga Dam into theses tributaries, it clears the garbage; but when the water recedes, sewage produces foul smell.
When water recedes one cannot bear the foul smell produce by garbage, says Piyush Pushkarna, who lives near a tributary of the Ravi in Sujanpur.
He further said the stagnated water not only stinks, but produce favorable conditions for mosquitoes and flies to breed.
Pathankot district commissioner Siben C said though the garbage was being dumped at a fixed location, yet the locals should avoid throwing the garbage in the rivers.
He further said that he had asked the dam officials to keep releasing water in small quantity on regular intervals to stop water to stagnate.