Broken roads, defunct street lights and stinking swamps of dung characterise Jamshser village located in the suburbs of the city probably more than any other locality here.
The village was marked for dairy farming in 2000 and it houses around 300 large and small dairies. The dairy farmers face a lot of trouble as roads in the village are dotted with potholes everywhere and dust trails.
Heaps of dung can be seen at regular intervals, turning it into an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies.
“I can never forget the night when my pregnant daughter-in-law suffered from medical complications. The journey till we reached the city limits was like hell,” says Kuljeet Kaur, a dairy farm worker at the village.
Bhupinder Singh Ghumman, president, Jamsher Dairy Complex Association, said, “We have lost all hopes from the government. It has been more than eight years now but no one has ever bothered to look at this village which is in a rotten state.
The diaries have the potential to produce enough dung that can be used as manure and produce biogas, but lack of planning has made Jamsher a pile of waste.”
The road connecting Bhode Saprai and Chite Wani village, which passes through Jamsher, is has virtually turned into a pond of dung and dairy waste. Labourers, especially women, working in the dairy farms have to work on knee-deep water for fetching animal fodder and other material as most of the roads are submerged.
This has resulted in the rise in spread of skin diseases.
Congress leader and former Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Jagbir Singh Brar said, “The SAD-BJP alliance had promised to make Jalandhar new California. A solid waste management plant was to come up at Jamsher for processing 1,500 metric tonnes of garbage. But the village that was being developed as a dairy cluster is suffering from the neglect of the government.”
Panchayat members of Bhode Saprai, Nanak Pindi, Jamsher and Dheena said the state government had turned a blind eye to the development of these villages.
Jamsher residents said senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia had promised to look into the matter and address their concerns three years back.
When contacted, Kamaljit Singh Bhatia said, “I have kept my promise and patchwork has been carried out on the main road connecting Jamsher with the city. Street lights were also repaired. Some tenders have been passed but work is not being carried out as the winters have started.”
Buta Singh, a dairy farm owner, said, “The road connecting our village to the city is broken. The roads in the village do not exist anymore. Recently the road coming to our village from the city was built in a jiffy as the wedding of a ministers’ daughter took place in a nearby village.”
Rajneesh Dogra of building and roads department of the municipal corporation said he is aware of the demands made by the dairy association president. Machines are not free for one month, he added.