Urgent need to clean choked 'kuchha nalla' in Faridkot
The only 'kuccha nalla' (unbricked sewerage channel) in the town has not been cleaned for quite a long time and is choked with garbage at many places.punjab Updated: Aug 04, 2014 23:24 IST
The only 'kuccha nalla' (unbricked sewerage channel) in the town has not been cleaned for quite a long time and is choked with garbage at many places.
Due to lack of smooth flow of water when it rains, it gets flooded and rain water overflows its banks and enters residential areas, mainly inundating the main road of Bazigar basti.
The 'nalla' has already claimed two lives in less than a year. A-50-year-old man drowned in it in May this year when the water in it was overflowing onto the road along it. The latest incident was the drowning of a woman. But, even these incidents did not did not wake up the munipal committee to do the needful.
"The municipal committee has not paid any attention to clean and construct brick-walls along its sides. This is the only nalla, which carries all the sewerage water from the town. At places, some of the shopkeepers have covered it with wooden or iron plates leaving no open space to clean it. The municipal committee seems helpless because many other problems of the people also remain unresolved," alleged Parveen Kumar Kala, president of the Sahara welfare club, Faridkot.
"The sewage 'nalla' is never cleaned properly. When it rains, a JCB machine is arranged by the municipal committee to clear the blockages. The machine dumps the silt and accumulated material like plastic carry bags and other waste on the banks of the 'nalla' which, again, fall into it if it rains soon after as the heaps are removed only after they get dry," alleged Kuldeep Singh, another social worker running a shop along the nalla.
"The JCB machine is also not suitable to clean it because it can only widen the banks and it is not to clear the weed growth on the other side of the 'nalla', which is not along the road. So, it needs to be cleaned by a crane," said Kuldeep.
The locals residing along the 'nalla' are also responsible for its blockage as they continue to dump the plastic material and cow dung that lead to its blockage during rains.
"The administration needs to be very strict and the people who dump the dung and plastic material or household waste in it should be fined heavily to discourage the trend of garbage dumping on its banks," Kuldeep says.
"The municipal committee wakes up only when it rains heavily and the 'nalla' gets blocked. It should be cleaned before every rainy season," said Kala.
The locals also said that its water has become very dirty and stinky and its nearly two-km stretch running in the town poses a danger to the lives of the people of the town. They said there was an urgent need to make it a 'pucca' one by constructing brick walls so that the problem of choking is met to some extent.
Poonam Bhatnagar, executive officer (EO), municipal committee, did not respond to the calls made on her cell phone by HT.
The cell phone of Shruti Sharma, SDM Faridkot, who is the administrator of the MC, Faridkot continued to be found switched off.