Elimination of Sewage Ponds from Villages

 
According to the survey conducted by the LG&CD, there are over 7000 ponds in Punjab. These ponds had been previously used for bathing, washing, drinking for livestock and other purposes. Installation of water supply schemes without planning and absence of disposal system for waste water has turned these ponds into sewage ponds. The rural population is confronting the following issues.
  • Breeding sites for mosquitoes and cause vector diseases increasing the expenditure on curative medicine.
  • Animals drinking water from pond develop various kinds of diseases.
  • Down percolation of waste water contaminating the sub soil water and caused water borne diseases
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For first phase of the Project only those village have been selected where;
  • The ponds are located in state lands or "Shamlat Deh" lands;
  • Seepage drain or sullage carrier exists near the village/pond;
  • It is possible to discharge the pond water in seepage drain by gravity.

With the expenditure cost of nearly Rs. 1000 million, 140 sewage ponds located in villages have been eliminated during the financial years 2013-14 & 2014-15 as follows:-

Sr.No Financial year No. of eliminated ponds Allocation (In million) Expenditure
1 2013-2014 77 500 452.733
2 2014-2015 74 541.025 475.740

While work on 11 ponds of 2014-15 is under completion. After completion of these 11 ponds, total eliminated ponds will become 151 Nos.  
 
During the year 2015-16 further Rs. 500 Million have been allocated for further elimination of 100 ponds in the villages where population is less than 5000 and also fulfilling the above stated criteria. 

The reclaimed land will be utilized to develop playfields, parks, schools, health dispensaries, graveyards or other useful purpose. At present, land of 23 ponds of 2013-14 have been utilized for development of Parks, Play Grounds, Janazgahs and School buildings by the District Governments. The Provincial Government has allocated Rs. 300.000 Million for the same purpose during 2015-16.  

Achievements

According to the survey conducted by the LG&CD, it has been revealed that there are over 7000 ponds in Punjab. 78 sewage ponds located in different villages were takenup during last financial year 2013-14. Out of 78 ponds, 70 ponds have been eliminated and 8 ponds are in process. During current financial year 2014-15, 68 ponds have been takenup. Administrative Approvals have been accorded, funds released by the Finance Department. Work is under process.
The reclaimed land will be utilized to develop playfields, parks, schools, health dispensaries, graveyards or other useful purpose