Punjab government on Monday issued strict instruction to local bodies to ensure the proper maintenance of underground water and sewerage pipes to avert any incident of water borne diseases including cholera and diarrhea. Punjab’s Local Bodies minister Chunni Lal Bhagat said that instructions have been issued to all Deputy Directors of the Local Bodies Department, Commissioners of Municipal Corporations and Executive Officers of all Municipal Councils to sincerely follow the instructions.
“It had been observed that cases of cholera and diarrheas in the past were caused due to improper maintenance of water and sewerage pipes, hence, the state government has issued necessary guidelines to local bodies check these deficiencies in their areas,” Bhagat said
Bhagat said that these agencies has also been directed to divide cities and towns in sectors and form teams to conduct survey of their respective areas and it should also be ensured by the concerned authorities that water pipes should be separated from sewerage pipes, manholes etc.
“Lines of drinking water should not be passed under and along with sewerage lines. Further, directions for plugging any kind of leakage have also been issued and to change the outdated pipes with immediate effect in public interest,” Bhagat said.
Bhagat added that all the concerned authorities would also ensure the proper chlorination of water besides checking the level of purity and they have also been asked to submit reports in this regard within a week.