Heavy downpour in the city has become a worrisome issue for the residents of Kucha number 7, Field Ganj and Prem Nagar as dirty water overflows from Ganda Nullah, making the surroundings hygienic.
The construction work to cover Ganda Nullah backside Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib (hardly 60-metre) was started seven months ago but the project is yet to face completion.
The residents alleged that the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye towards their problem. The overflowing water raises unbearable stench, say the residents. The residents have written several letters to the MC, complaining pitiable condition of the sanitary arrangements of the area but "nothing has been done".
It is worth mentioning here that the project was started around four years ago to cover the drain from Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib to Samrala road. It was expected to be completed within 18 months but a small portion has been covered so far.
The drain water often enters the homes of the residents.
"Foul smell emanating from the nullah makes breathing difficult for the residents. There are many people who throw waste into the drain. The pending work to cover the drain should be completed as soon as possible so that we can get relief,"said Mohan Lal, a resident of Kucha number 7, Field Ganj.
"Whenever we complain, the employees of MC come for a day or two just for the sake of formality. Afterwards, they are not seen for several days,"said Preetinder Singh, a shopkeeper of Prem Nagar.
Besides, due to accumulation of water in the streets, commuters find it very difficult to pass through the area. Many times, they loose balance and also meet with road mishaps.
Dharam Singh, superintending engineer, municipal corporation (MC), said, "The construction work is delayed due to rainfall. We will soon get it done after monsoon. We will clean the nullah on regular basis so that the smooth flow of water may not be hindered."