Wildlife and residents got badly affected as the sewer water entered Ludhiana zoo, including Tiger Safari, and nearby areas as the Sewage Treatment Plant at Bhattian stopped functioning on Monday. Due to which the tigers were kept inside cages and were not allowed to wander in the Tiger Safari.
The trouble started when the employees of the Bhattian Sewage Treatment Plant went on a strike due to non-issuing of pending payments and stopped the motors installed at the plant on Monday. The sewer water damaged the plants and trees inside and outside the Ludhiana zoo and also got collected outside the houses of the residents of the nearby areas.
According to the staff of the Ludhiana Zoo, which is situated near the national highway 1, the sewer water entered the area on Monday night, following which the animals, birds and staff got badly affected.
VISITORS LEFT DISAPPOINTED
The visitors were also left in the lurch as they were seen returning the zoo-entry tickets at the counter as tigers were not in the Tiger Safari area.
One of the staff members at the ticket counter at the Tiger Safari Vinod Malhotra said it was for the first time that the sewer water had entered the Tiger Safari area, while earlier it had entered the other portion of the zoo. He said the visitors left due to unsanitary conditions.
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT KILOMETRE FROM TIGER SAFARI
The MC’s Sewage Treatment Plant is around one km from the Tiger Safari at the Ludhiana Zoo. The sewer water from the city areas flows towards the Bhattian Sewage Treatment Plant, where it is treated.
OVERFLOW A DAILY AFFAIR: RESIDENTS
Meanwhile, the Bhattian residents claimed that the problem was common in the residential areas near the Tiger Safari as the motors generally remain non-functioning on most of the days.
The residents of Govind Enclave, which is situated near the zoo area, said the dirty water had accumulated outside their houses as the sewer water generally overflows due to malfunctioning of the plant. The vacant areas were flooded with sewer water. Former forest range officer Harbhaj Rai said, “The sewer water is not only affecting the human beings, but it is also harmful for the wildlife. The birds, animals and trees are getting affected.”
RESIDENTS LIVING UNDER CONSTANT THREAT OF DISEASES
Rai, who lives at Govind Enclave, said the residents were living under constant threat of diseases due to unsanitary conditions prevailing in the area. It is difficult to breath due to the foul smell emanating from the overflowing sewer water, he added.
‘WATER OVERFLOWS TWICE A MONTH’
“The civic body has failed to resolve the problem as the sewer water overflows twice a month in the colony. The situation is worst this time. We are demanding from the civic body to ensure proper functioning of the Sewage Treatment Plant,” said Bhattian village sarpanch Veer Das.
MC’s zonal commissioner Kamlesh Bansal said, “The plant was not functioning as the staff went on strike on Monday. The staff was demanding release of some pending payments. The matter was resolved and the plant has started functioning.