Jodhan residents are a harried lot especially during the rainy season, as in absence of proper drainage and sewage system they face a lot of inconvenience.
This village, which is 18 km away from Ludhiana, has open drains, but residents want the government to install a proper sewage system here.
Not only residents, farmers who visit Dana Mandi (grain and vegetable market) too face a lot of problems as the stagnant water destroys their crops, which they bring from their villages.
“The village floods during rains and the water accumulate up to two feet in the grain market. We want the government to install proper sewage system here. Our crops and vegetables destroy whenever it rains,” Jaswinder Singh, a farmer, said.
He said that due to lack of sewage system, waterlogging is a common problem in the entire area. The open drains also spreads stench, he added.
Amarjeet Singh, an accountant at a shop in grain market, said: “The rain water of the entire village accumulates in the market due to which farmers face a lot of problems. The grain market is very old and small. There is a shed, but in absence of proper drainage system water stagnates here. The market should be shifted to some safe and a big place.”
The grain market is also used as a vegetable market, he added.
Residents rued that dirty water collects on the road, which further blocks drains. Besides, residents want authorities to install streetlights in the main areas.
Even sarpanch, Rajinder Singh, felt that there was a need to install sewage system in the village. He further said that they need funds for development works after which they can think of installing a proper sewage system in the village.
Talking about other issues, Darbara Singh, a panchyat member said: “We will make every possible effort to install streetlights. Senior citizens are also demanding a stadium in the village as it will encourage youth towards sports. But these demands can be met only if government provides funds to the panchayat.”
When contacted, Dakha constituency MLA, Manpreet Singh Ayali assured to redress the problems being faced by residents here.
Ayali said: “I know lack of sanitation is a major issue here as well as in the main market. We will take requisite steps to deal with the situation. We are working on finding a solution to the problems at the grain market as well.”