Residents of eight villages around Chandigarh will not have to suffer the stink emanating from the open drain carrying water from the Mohali sewerage treatment plant to villages as the open drain will now be replaced by an underground pipeline. The Counsel for the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) submitted this before the High Court during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by farmers and residents of the affected villages.
The counsel apprised the High Court that for laying the underground system,the Municipal Corporation has invited tenders for award of contract. A joint petition was filed by villagers including one Harbans Singh. Till now,treated water from the Mohali Sewerage Treatment Plant is being carried to the villages by open drain. The petitioners,whose agricultural land is irrigated from treated sewerage water coming from Sewerage Treatment Plant (situated in Phase IX of Industrial Area,Mohali),had sought directions to the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority and Chandigarh MC to lay under ground pipes for carrying the sewerage water to their lands.
The petitioners had moved the High Court stating that since a housing colony was to come up in the periphery (Aerocity),GMADA had plans to plug the existing drain carrying the treated sewerage water to their lands. The High Court had last year directed the GMADA Chief Administrator and Commissioner,Chandigarh MC,to hold a joint meeting and take a decision in this regard.
After holding a joint meeting,the authorities had stated on the last date of hearing that up to Railway Line (ie,Chandigarh-Ludhiana Rail Link) treated effluent is coming in the open channel from sewerage treatment plant (STP) and passing through Industrial Area. Near Railway line point,this effluent channel discharges into two parts. One part is going into kachha channel and some quantity is passing into a drain which is carrying the effluent to fields.
The Chandigarh MC had submitted that it had no objection to using the treated sewage by the farmers of Punjab. Since the area beyond the STP is not within the jurisdiction of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation,it was agreed that further handling of treated effluent lies within the domain of GMADA or the Punjab Government.
Now the authorities have decided to lay an underground pipe and the Chandigarh MC has decided to invite tenders in this regard. The eight villages that will benefit from this are Patri,Chachu Majra,Manauli,Prangarh,Bakarpur,Matran,Sion and Bari.