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Mohali ward watch: Phase 1, a study in neglect

As if the dilapidated khokhas weren’t enough, there is a garbage dumping site behind them, which makes the area look decidedly grubby.

punjab Updated: Aug 12, 2017 15:42 IST
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
The garbage dump site near the Khokha market in ward number 5.
The garbage dump site near the Khokha market in ward number 5.(HT Photo)

Dusty and dirty. These two words best describe the condition of Ward No 5, which encompasses parts of Phase 1 and Phase II.

One of the most untidy localities of Mohali with very little traffic discipline, this ward is marked by vehicles parked all along the roadsides with little consideration for residents. No wonder petty fights over wrongly parked vehicles are so commonplace here. Commuters complain that they are forced to park willy-nilly for want of a common parking area.

Facts
  • Number of beat cops: 0
  • Number of parks: 6
  • Total population: 3,600
  • Area covered: House Number 1-489 in Phase 1; 372-414 in Phase 2, 465-542 Illegal Khokha Market with 278 shops is also part of this ward.

The cloak of dust worn by the ward further adds to its unkempt appearance. This is partly due to the poor green cover in the area. Although there are six parks in the ward, they are ill-maintained. The grass is brown and the flower beds are home to wild grass, making most of the parks look unkempt and unwelcoming.

The khokha market in the ward adds to its drab look. As if the dilapidated khokhas weren’t enough, there is a garbage dumping site behind them, which makes the area look decidedly grubby.

At one point, it was one of the prime areas of the city. But over the years, it has lost its charm. The entry to the ward from the Ward No 4 side is an exercise in obstacles. One has to walk through a maze of vehicles parked here and there without any concern for either the traffic rules or fellow drivers.

Like other wards, this area too faces the menace of stray cattle and dogs. Numerous cases of dog bites have been reported from the locality. Stray cattle can be found scattered all over the ward.

Poor drainage of rainwater is another problem in various parts of the locality. Electricity wires are uncovered at some places, thus posing a grave danger to human lives. Though street lights should have been installed long ago, there are some areas in the ward that don’t have any.

Locals say street vendors also cause trouble. Vinod, a shopkeeper, complains, “They create a lot of noise pollution. I feel they are a real nuisance near the residential areas and we should get rid of them.”

The parks in the ward suffer from uneven layout due to which they turn into ponds every time there is a heavy downpour. Residents say there are several depressed areas in the parks where water gets accumulated during rains. It starts stinking after some days, making it difficult for morning walkers to go around. Swings and other attractions in the parks are also in poor condition.

There are problems related to drinking water as well. The water pressure is poor and tullu pumps have to be used to lift the water to second and third floors. “Water is increasingly getting scarce. The water pressure is always low and does not reach the upper floors. What’s more, the water that we get is dirty as well,” complained Amarjit Kaur, a resident.