The project to shift privately owned dairies to a consolidated unit in the outskirts of the city, to prevent choking up of the city's already poor drainage system, has been in limbo for over a decade now.
Waste such as cow dung cakes and fodder from these dairies have been a prime reason for blockage in city's sewerage which in turn leads to water logging, especially during the monsoon.
The problem is severe in areas within the walled city as dairy owners washed away waste directly into the main sewer lines. Apart from the unhygienic conditions caused by drainage erupting on to streets, traffic also was affected because of cattle roaming on the streets.
Some of the worst-affected areas are Bishan Nagar, Khalsa Mohalla, Arjun Nagar, Sukhdas Pura Mohalla, Arya Samaj, Jattan Wala Chotran, Badungar Colony, Anand Nagar, Tripri, Raghumajra, Sant nagar, Sewak Colony, Arora Street, Dogra Mohalla, Naam Dakha Road, Safabadi Gate, and Nabha Gate.
As per the proposed project, all private dairies would be shifted to a 20-acre land in Ablowal village, in the outskirts of Patiala. Plots would be allotted to dairy owners on the basis of number of animals in their unit.
Joint commissioner Nazar Singh said, "We have no alternative other than shifting the dairies as it is a complete nuisance in the city. Besides, health concerns arising from blocked sewers necessitate the shifting as it will not be possible for PMC workers to clear dairy waste on a daily basis."
Saying that strategies for the shifting were being discussed, he added that shifting the dairies to outside the city would not affect the business of the owners as the civic body would take note of their business before shifting them out.