Sewage enters houses, irked residents protest
Abohar, December 18
Residents of Jammu Basti and its adjoining areas staged a protest on the Fazilka-Abohar-Malout road here on Monday against accumulation of dirty water on the streets that also entered many houses.
The protesters said the Public Works Department had started widening of the city bypass in December 2016 and the Punjab Water Supply Sewerage Board (PWSSB) was to lay sewage disposal and water supply pipes on the side lanes under the AMRUT Yojana.
A few weeks ago the sewage water disposal system in the Jammu Basti residential area was plugged to facilitate laying of pipes on the bypass. This resulted in submerging of the streets with dirty water that entered many houses, they said.
Three schools are located in the colony and children have to wade through dirty water to go to schools. As the PWD had dug up the side lanes, business activities came to a halt. Some residents and shopkeepers even had to dispose of their properties or shift to other colonies due to such a situation.
The dharna was called off after half an hour when PWSSB Sub-Divisional Engineer Harsharanjit Singh assured to resolve their issues by December 30. However, no PWD official turned up to listen to the protesters.
The residents threatened to re-launch their stir on New Year Day if officials failed in providing relief.