A natural water channel passing through Nathu Nagar locality near Dhangu Road, which once carried cool and clean water, is now serving as a garbage dump for the area residents.
Starting from Chakki river up to the Indian Air Force (IAF) station, the drain used to water the fields falling under its adjoining areas, but as the level of the river went down and a number of residential buildings came up near it, the drain dried up and turned into a garbage dump.
The densely-populated area did not hesitate to encroach upon this drain and throw their waste in it. Even as the garbage creates a big problem for the residents during the monsoon season as it comes back with the rain water, they still have not learnt a lesson.
"Not only those who live near the drain, people from distant places also carry their polybags full of garbage to throw in it," claimed former councillor Ramesh Tola.
"In the absence of proper garbage dumps, they prefer this to dispose of their waste in this drain, which used to be an attraction of our city," he added.
"My father who has seen the cool and clear water passing through these drain called Kuhals at that time feels pained when he passes near it," he said.
"As our corporation has nearly 40 small autos and 20 trolleys, the garbage must be picked from every house to keep the city clean," he concluded.
Yogesh Gupta, a local resident who runs a shop near this drain, said that foul smell surrounds the area while flies and mosquitoes nourish on these garbage heaps along the drain.
"Besides the local residents, the civic body is also responsible for this filth as it overlooks this dirty environment," he added.
Dev Raj Sharma, a trader, said that this drain must be revived by lifting clean water from Chakki river. "Once the drain is revived, the locals would not throw their waste in it. Heavy fines must be imposed on the offenders who spoil the clean atmosphere in the city," he added.
Pathankot deputy commissioner Sukhvinder Singh said that his officials have started a cleanliness drive for the past several days and under the drive, the drains are being cleared with the help of machines.
"The locals must avoid throwing waste in these drains to keep their surroundings beautiful. We will have to impose fine if locals don't give a heed to his advice," he warned.