Naya Gaon Municipal Council (MC) has decided to hire a private company for cleaning seasonal rivulet Patiala Ki Rao. This is for the first time that the MC is going to clean the rivulet, which has shrunken into a drain at many places in the last 30 years due to illegal encroachments and dumping of waste material.
Assistant Municipal Engineer (AME) Jawahar Sagar confirmed that they have decided to clean the rivulet and have invited applications from private companies. “The last date of submitting the applications is December 5. In the last 30 years, it has taken a shape of a small drain. People are dumping waste on the banks of the rivulet. It has shrunken and can have a negative effect on environment. At many places, wild vegetation has come up and makes it difficult for water to flow during monsoon,” AME Sagar said, adding the expenditure was not decided yet.
“It will depend on the bids made by the private companies,” Sagar said.
Patiala ki Rao originates from the foothills of Shivalik and enters Mohali and Chandigarh. After crossing a distance of around 30 km through Nayagaon, Kharar, Chapparchiri and Landran, it merges into Ghaggar river at Chuni village. The river is the source of discharge of rain water in Ghaggar from the areas of Kharar and Landran and around 26 villages, including Nayagaon, are located on its banks.
Manjeet Singh Kamboj, a local resident who took the work of cleaning the banks of the rivulet around 15 years ago, told Chandigarh Newsline that he had met the MC and drainage department officials to carry out the cleansing work many times, but nothing had been done so far. “If the MC is going to clean up the Patiala Ki Rao, it is a welcome step. Twenty years ago, the situation was totally different, the banks were clean and there was no illegal encroachment. Now the land mafia in the area has encroached it. We also want the MC to remove the illegal encroachments from the banks of the rivulet,” Kamboj said.
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