MC spends Rs 2 crore on drain, leaves it unused for 3 years

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 16, 2015 08:58 IST
This is the sewerage opening from where the waste enters the natural choe in Sector 53 next to newly built park in Chandigarh. (Gurminder Singh)

Three years back Chandigarh Municipal Corporation spent nearly Rs 2 crore on laying a drainage system in Sector 53 so that sewage didn’t go into the natural choe, but the system has not been put to use and the sewage is still released into the choe.

On the other hand, residents living along the choe in SAS Nagar are a hassled lot due to the stink emanating from the choe.

Residents allege that despite civic body filing an affidavit in the Punjab and Haryana High Court that they wouldn’t allow release of sewage into the choe, nothing has been done.

During a visit on Sunday, the HT team found the drainage system, which was supposed to carry the sewage from tail end in Sector 53 to sewerage pump house in Sector 52, unused.

Sewage was flowing in the choe, making the life of residents of Phases 8, 9, 10 and 11, Sectors 66 and 67 as well as in Chilla and Manauli villages miserable.

When contacted, MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand said, “I am not aware of the issue, but will look into it on Monday.”

The issue

In July 2012, MC officials plugged the brick drain of 2,400mm meant for storm water discharge to stop flow of sewage into the choe and another 600mm diameter pipe was connected to take the discharge from Sector 53 to 52 after spending Rs 2 crore. After the pipe burst, a new box-type drain was laid after spending `60 lakh. The pipe earlier connected to carry sewage is lying unused for the last three years.

The affidavit was filed in connection with a public interest litigation filed by the residents of SAS Nagar that sewage was being discharged by Chandigarh into the N-choe. The MC had informed the court that a parallel sewage line would be in place by June 30, 2012.

Stink prevents walkers from entering park

The walkers coming to the newly-developed park in Sector 53, which the Chandigarh administration developed spending crores of rupees, are hassled due to the foul smell emanating from the choe, which crosses through the park. “I started walks in the park, but after a few days I had abandon the diea as I could not bear the stench,” said Arun Goyal, who resides near the park.

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