Ludhiana: The Ganda Nullah in the old city is the toxic vein of Ludhiana, was once a stream of sparkling water and this seasonal water channel is now a dirty drain that reeks of the stinking smell.
As Nullah passes through the old industrial city, it goes on accumulating industry effluents, sewage, dairy and domestic waste, before draining into the Sutlej. Project for its the cleanliness was started but few months ago it was stopped due to the technical fault and payment problems with the contractor.
Around Chand cinema, heaps of polythene bags and garbage are littered alongside the nullah. The gaudy colour of polythene bags offer a vivid contrast to soothing green patches nearby. Vegetables are grown in a few patches of land near nullah. Protecting vegetables from pollutants is the last thing on the mind of the growers.
As the Nullah passes through Chander Nagar and Haibowal, it remains the same black smelly drain. “We need a fresh waft of air because it will not be fresh for us. It will only bring more smell,” said Sunita, a daily wager who lives in Jhuggi near it.
The councillor Sanjay Talwar that said that after a long time, they started work to clean Nullah but due to Municipal Corporation Ludhiana problems of payments and faults it again came to zero.
When Buddha Nullah flows right next to the land, how you can prevent the pollutants from entering the fields, he said. As the Nullah proceeds, it vanishes at many points, leaving behind the mountains of waste which is becoming the home for the mosquitoes and adding to the problem of the area residents.
“We don’t know when the Ganda Nullah would be cleaned fully as many officials make visits in the area but to no avail”, rues Sanjay Talwar. He added that they are hopeful from the new commissioner as the old one did nothing about it.
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