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Patiala ki Rao turns ‘ganda nullah’ on Chandigarh’s periphery

No curb on dumping of sewage, garbage by Punjab villages

Patiala ki Rao turns ‘ganda nullah’ on Chandigarh’s periphery

Sewage flows in the Patiala ki Rao seasonal stream at Khuda Lahora village, adjoining the PGI, on Tuesday. Pradeep Tewari



Tribune News Service

Gaurav Kanthwal

Mohali, December 6

The Patiala ki Rao choe has turned into a perennial wastewater drain, with domestic effluents and sewage discharge ruining the natural source of water on the outskirts of Chandigarh.

Mounds of garbage alongside the seasonal rivulet are a testament to Nayagaon Municipal Council’s monumental failure in stemming the rot. Villages such as Nayagaon, Karoran, Nada and Singha Devi on the periphery are chiefly to blame for the pollution.

All in a decade

Rivulet has turned into a drain in the past 10-15 years. Children know of it only as ‘ganda nullah’. Patiala ki Rao has lost its identity. Ranjit Singh, Khuda Lahora resident

Awaiting STP land

Environmental plan is being reviewed at bimonthly meets. The issue will be resolved once land for STP is made available. Gursharan Das Garg, XEN, PPCB, Mohali

Environmental activists say the absence of a sewage treatment plant (STP) in the Nayagaon area is the main reason for the pollution in the water body. Garbage dumping sites are being run by an outsourced firm from tin sheds as a makeshift arrangement alongside the water body.

It leaves little to the imagination where the sewage discharge and garbage goes — all into the “ganda nullah” (associated with its black water). The rest is strewn on the road, compounding the stray cattle menace.

Nayagaon has emerged as the epicentre of pollution. Residents of villages along the rivulet recount how a clean water body until recent years has been disfigured beyond recognition.

Khuda Lahora resident Ranjit Singh, 62, says the rivulet has turned into a drain in just 10-15 years. “Children know of it as ‘ganda nullah’. They cannot imagine it as rivulet. Patiala ki Rao has lost its identity,” he says.

Nayagaon resident Abhishek Sindhu says: “The Mohali administration and Nayagaon MC have chosen to look the other way. They do not care about rebukes by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and High Court or fines imposed by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB). The MC has not been able to take possession of 1,200 kanals at Nada village to set up an STP.”

The PPCB had imposed Rs 2 lakh environmental compensation on the MC for its failure to construct compost pits. The civic body was told to deposit another Rs 1 lakh as bank guarantee. The NGT had further asked for a status report from the Mohali DC regarding pollution in the rivulet.

Ironically, the area falls in the Kharar Assembly constituency represented by Punjab Minister of State for Tourism and Cultural Affairs. It is 3.3 km from Punjab Chief Minister’s residence and takes barely nine minutes to reach there from the seat of power.

Chief sources of pollution

  • Nayagaon, Karoran, Nada, Singha Devi villages along water body
  • Absence of sewage treatment plant in Nayagaon area
  • Unauthorised hotels, housing societies along seasonal rivulet
  • Janta Colony, Vikas Nagar, Nada Bridge key garbage hotspots

Seasonal stream enters UT from Punjab

  • Seasonal stream originates in Shivalik Hills of Punjab, enters UT before snaking its way back into Mohali to drain into Ghaggar
  • In action-taken report on issues mentioned at Advisory Council meet, UT had stated sewage from Nayagaon (Pb) was flowing into it
  • Also, some sewage from Khuda Jassu (UT) was entering the choe, which will be stopped by Dec 31

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