Taking serious note of the death of a local youth due to diarrhoea, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has directed local bodies department and Punjab water supply and sewerage board authorities to coordinate to immediately replace disused water and sewerage pipes and other infrastructure in Kaintha Mohalla.
Before starting sangat darshan on Monday, the CM summoned local bodies department director Ashok Gupta, board managing director Satpal Angurala and chief engineer KS Nagla at the residence of Dasuya MLA Sukhjit Kaur Sahi and passed the necessary instructions.
Nearly 700 diarrhoea cases had been reported from ward numbers 11, 12 and 13 of Kaintha Mohalla due to contaminated water supply.
Badal asked Nagla to camp in the town till the disused water and sewerage infrastructure was replaced.
"The chief minister has ordered us to change the water pipes and ensure potable drinking water to the residents as soon as possible by all means. The repair and replacement work has started at war footing in the town. The local civic authorities have been directed to deploy all the staff on duty," said Ashok Gupta.
"As per the reports available, survey of two wards has been completed and 170-180 pipes have been checked. Some of them need replacement and it would be done immediately," he added.
"We have formed three different teams, one each for three wards, to inspect and change the faulty disused pipes. The work is being done on the priority basis and chief engineer KS Nagla is supervising the whole operation and keeping me and CM updated," said Punjab water supply and sewerage board MD Satpal Angurala.
"Hopefully, in a day or two days, the whole defective infrastructure would be changed," he added.
A team comprising health and family welfare director Dr Karamveer Singh, Dr Deepak Bhatia, nodal officer, disease surveillance committee and civil surgeon Dr Avtar Singh Garewal visited the patients in hospital. The team also went to check the medical camp held in affected area by the health department since the outbreak of the disease.
Meanwhile, ten new patients had been admitted in the hospital taking the number of those admitted to 178. "Nearly 35 patients right now are under treatment while rest have been discharged. Our teams have taken 10 more water samples from the area. Six more stool samples have been tested as cholera positive. The patients are being treated under strict medical supervision.
Health officials, in different teams, have distributed nearly 25,000 chlorine tablets to the residents of three wards to purify water before drinking," revealed senior medical officer Naresh Kansra.