Norms go for a toss as raw sewage flows into drains - ECAS Punjab

Norms go for a toss as raw sewage flows into drains

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Ravneet Singh

Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 15

Untreated sewage in Patiala is being discharged directly into Jacob drain, Badi Nadi and Chhoti Nadi passing through the city in complete violation of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders.

While the water is being drained out of manholes at Badi Nadi and Chhoti Nadi, the manholes of the pipeline connecting the city's sewerage with 46 MLD STP at Shermajra village are damaged.

A portion of Jacob drain falls under the jurisdiction of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).

Karunesh Garg, member secretary of the pollution control body, said the office would check the site and take action against the municipal corporation.

As per the NGT's order, "Hundred per cent sewage treatment must be ensured by all local bodies."

Suresh Kumar, Executive Engineer (XEN), Municipal Corporation, said the said portion of Jacob drain fell outside the municipal corporation limits, but the sewage was being discharged from the corporation's pipes.

Karunesh said, "I will direct the department's XEN to check the site, and we will take action against the corporation."

The waste water of Sundar Nagar and adjoining areas collects in Chhoti Nadi. As per an insider, the sewerage connection is choked.

Similarly, the waste water from Gobind Bagh, friends' colony, Hira Bagh and adjoining areas also falls into Badi Nadi. A motor has been affixed on the bank which releases the waste water of Mathura colony into Chhoti Nadi.

Commissioner Poonamdeep Kaur said the MC officials would check the sites and get the needful done. "We will visit the site and take stock of the situation", she added.

from The Tribune

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