Residents of ward numbers 11, 12 and 13 of Mohalla Kaintha were a relieved lot on Wednesday, as no new cases of diarrhoea were reported on Wednesday. The local bodies department has also finished the repair and replacement of water and sewerage pipes in the area. More than 750 patients have been diagnosed with diarrhoea.
“Of the 208 water connections working in ward no 11, 36 pipe connections were found defective and 8 connections were found illegal. The supply to these 8 connections was cut and the repair work of 14 connections have been completed. The rest of work will be completed on Thursday,” said municipal council executive officer, Tajinder Singh.
“Two of our teams detected six illegal connections in ward number 12 and one illegal connection at ward number 12. A total number of 27 connections in both wards were found defective, of which 22 have been rectified,” he added.
The teams also checked the connections of ward no. 1, where all were found in right conditions. “We suspected that there could be defective water supply in the area. The municipal council is supplying fresh water to the whole town through taps since Tuesday evening. No tanker has been into operation anywhere,” said municipal council president Ravinder Ravi.
On a query on whether there was any substance to reports that a tanker had supplied contaminated water to ward number 13, he said: “It was not contaminated water. The tanker had not been operational for some time and was not properly washed from the bottom. There was rust at the bottom, which gave the impression of contaminated water,” he said adding that the water supplied was chlorinated.
Deputy Director local bodies, Pritam Singh and water supply and sewerage board executive engineer Satnam Singh supervised the whole work.
Meanwhile unsanitary conditions continued to prevail in the colony. The EO claimed to have got the area cleaned by a battery of sweepers called from various municipalities of the district, but sewage water was seen overflowing in drains right below the water pipes and garbage was scattered all over.
Senior medical officer, Naresh Kansra, confirmed the claims of municipal officials. “No new patient has been admitted in the hospital since yesterday and those who were under treatment at civil hospital are recovering at a fast pace.”
“All water samples which were taken, when the disease was first reported have failed the test. The results of new samples are still awaited. Teams of health officials have moved door to door of every locality of Dasuya to distribute chlorine tablets,” said Hoshiarpur civil surgeon Dr Avtar Singh Jarewal.