With the country struggling to deal with dengue, chikungunya and malaria, the stagnating water in the Khaddi rivulet flowing through Pathankot is only serving the city by nourishing diseases in it.
The rivulet which carries rainwater to the tributaries of Ravi, has stored water at many places, which is stagnating due to the uneven surface and slant toward the main stream of the Ravi tributary in Madhopur-Beas link river.
Many colonies, including densely populated Abrol Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Khanpur Chowk, Shahpur Chowk, part of Indira Colony, are situated on the banks of the Khaddi rivulet and are badly affected by the stagnating water which is not only spreading stinking smell, but is also supplying countless mosquitoes and houseflies in the area.
“With the nearing end of monsoon season, rain has stopped and so has the water flowing in this rivulet, increasing troubles for the residents who live nearby,” claimed Bodh Raj, of Shastri Nagar.
“Nearly five kilometre stretch is full of stagnant water which has no way to fall in river Ravi, due to the uneven surface of the river-bed. The water will remain in the rivulet till months as this amount of water cannot get vaporised so early, which means that it will become a breeding ground for disease-causing-organisms, said Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Abrol Nagar.
Pathankot MLA Ashwani Sharma, who lives few kilometre away from this rivulet and faces the side effects of it, claimed that he will seek help of the drainage department to clear this water, which is dangerous for the city. “It needs immediate action to prevent any epidemic, and I will not buy any time from the residents,” he said.