About 1,500 residents of Basti Nanaksar in Sandhwan village here have been suffering from stinky and dirty water discharged from the sewers in the village on the one hand and, on the other, they are not getting pure drinking water from the reverse osmosis RO (plant) as it has been lying closed for about three months.
"We are suffering a lot from the stinky waste water of the locality which has been getting accumulated in a small pond close to our houses. Though the panchayat had installed a pumpset to pump out the waste water from the pond, but the engine fitted on the pump has not been made to work for about a year. The waste water was earlier flowing into the land of the railways department, but the railways have also now stopped it as it could have led to the damage the track," said Gurdev Singh, a resident of the village.
"We are also human beings and need to live and eat in a clean environment. But, nobody cares to sort out our problem. The 'nallis' are filled with dirty waste water and it is flowing into the small pond. Rain brings more problems for us," said a woman, living close to the pond.
Not only the people are suffering from the problem of disposal of waste water from the village, but the only RO has also been lying non-functional for about three months.
"The RO was inaugurated in September last year, but it worked only for a few moths and got a big relief for the locals. But, now it has been lying closed for about three months because its power connection was snapped by the powercom because the operator failed to pay the power bill. Every family was being charged Rs 80 to Rs 100 for a can of 20 litres of water, but we do not know why the panchayat failed to pay the bill," said Jeet Singh, another resident of the village.
The locals, who claim to have about 1,140 voters and a population of about 1,500, now have to go to another RO in the village which is quite far from the village.
"I shall get the problem of RO checked now and it would be sorted out," said Harjeet Singh Sandhu, SDM, Kotkapura.