The Tehsil complex in Abohar, which was waterlogged since September 4, was finally cleared on Friday. However, many low-lying areas are still under water, even sewer water in some places.
In fact, sewer water mixed with the drinking water supply in some places. As a result people in many villages had been asked not to consume supply from the water works department. The faults were addressed only on Thursday.
In Rajiv Colony, one of Abohar’s low-lying area, many residents have left their water-logged houses and moved to safer places. Nirmala Devi, daughter-in-law of freedom fighter Late Chaman Lal Azad, and her family locked their house on Friday after sewer water made its way into their kitchen. The house of the freedom fighter’s family is in shambles, forcing the family to move to a relative’s house till the water recedes.
Chaman Lal, who died in 1991, had not accepted any benefits from the state or central governments after Independence. Of his three sons, one lives in this house measuring less than 50 square yards.
Dharminder Kumar, Lal’s son, remarked, “If such is the attitude towards the family of a freedom fighter, what must it be like for others?”
Other low lying colonies such as Neta Ji Subash Chander Nagar are suffering a similar fate. When contacted, Ramesh Kumar (executive engineer of the sewer board) said, “Discharge of water from low lying areas is slow, but we are trying. The situation is a result of unexpected rain.”
Though the disposal system in Abohar has a generator, allowing it to function in case of power failure, it is hardly used owing to lack of funds for diesel. Though Ramesh Kumar claimed it was being put to use, it must be mentioned that it remained off during power cuts in the last 2-3 days.