Elimination of Sewage Ponds from Villages

According to the survey conducted by 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.

  • It has become the breeding site for mosquitoes while also causing vector diseases increasing the expenditure on curative medicine
  • Animals drinking water from the pond will develop various kinds of diseases
  • Down percolation of waste water is contaminating the sub soil water and causing water borne diseases
   

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  • For the 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

No. of Eliminated Ponds

Allocation (In million)

Expenditure

211

2647

2205

Achievements

Area reclaimed

500 acres

Cost of re-claimed land

4 billion

Population benefitted

2 million

No. of villages served

168