The overflowing sewage on Samrala-Khanna road is not only creating inconvenience for commuters but also the road has craved in which may lead to accidents. The sewer had been overflowing here and it was also stinking. However, the indifferent attitude of national highway authority India (NHAI) had made things worse for residents and commuters.
According to sources, the problem started when sewage treatment plant project came in way of Samrala-Ludhiana bypass road. However, the compensation of `5 crore by NHAI is already paid to municipal council but in papers only.
Sewage board Xen Jagmohan Singh said, “There is a problem while acquiring land by NHAI. On papers the embarkation is done on some other land and practically the pillars have been raised on different land.”
He said, “Due to this problem one acre land where sewage treatment plant is located comes under NHAI project and they neither give us compensation nor clearing the matter that should our department shift the plant or not.”
Talking to Hindustan Times, Sukhpal, a resident said, “Everyday in the morning I have to pass through this stinking sewage water and it become worse at times due to stray dogs and garbage thrown by residents there.”
Due to overflow of water, residents have struck small hand cart on manhole to alert travellers that road is caved in which ultimately is turning to be inconvenience and further leads to accidents.
Residents claimed that they have been facing this problem for the last one year. In the last monsoon things were worse. Rain water and sewage waste get mixed causing jammed roads.
Anita who resides in the locality said, “The question is not of foul smell but I’m worried that due to this problem there is fear of many diseases spreading among residents especially kids and elders.”
There is also a problem that this sewage also back flows in Samrala town to make things worse.
B&R Xen Rakesh Garg said, “This matter is between municipal council, sewage department and NHAI but our road is getting affected by this.”On condition of anonymity NHAI official shrugs the matter and said that when his department would come to the sewage treatment plant then we would take action.
The official also said this problem was to be solved by local officials and the department and NHAI could not help much.
Samrala SDM Anupreeta Johal said, “NHAI officials not giving us proper reply but we are making temporary arrangements so people should not suffer.”