The condition of sewage facilities in Haryana can be understood from the fact that National Green Tribunal had summoned the state government recently to enquire about the reasons for pumping yet to be treated waste in Gurgaon in spite of the tribunal's orders. This is basically representative of the general malaise pertaining to issues of hygiene across the state. What is worse is that in cases where the affected have decided to come ahead and take matters into their own hands there have been instances of government intervention. There have also been occasions when members of the government have decided to perpetrate these activities on their own. As is usual in these cases the government has continued to deny the allegations.
The government has also proceeded to provide false evidence in certain cases. It has been seen in certain cases that the status reports that the Haryana Government has submitted of land being acquired for dumping sewage are actually false. Time and again the government has assured the higher authorities that it will take care of the problems of the common people but till date not much has been done in this regard. Going by the reaction of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) it can jolly well be understood that the government of the North Indian state has been a habitual offender of sorts, which is a matter of worry for one and all.
What is worrying in these cases is that the government has chosen the rural areas to dump the sewage. It is perhaps known by everybody, except the state government, that how harmful this form of pollution is for one and all. If it is deposited on land then land could lose its fertility and become barren. There is a chance, depending on the extent of pollutants present in the sewage, that in agricultural areas this could assume serious proportions even if placed at a significant distance from the farming fields.
Since the whole area becomes dirty it could become a hub for all germs as well as insects that carry them. The effect is even worse if the sewage is deposited in ponds and other water-bodies. First of all, all the water becomes poisonous and it cannot be used for any purpose. If someone consumes or washes clothes and utensils in it, as people in villages are prone to do, then they can be sure that they will be afflicted with some serious disease or the other that could very well turn out to be fatal.
In any case most of the people in rural Haryana have little access to healthcare facilities because of lack of funds and the state government has been able to do zilch about it. Furthermore, the state is prone to frequent droughts and if a water-body is polluted and becomes unusable it only makes matters worse for the hapless village-folk because they then have to deal with lesser resources something that presents its own set of problems.
It is the responsibility of the government to take care of the people who have elected to power as well as ones who may not have done that now but could very well do so provided they are served properly. However, here the situation is just the opposite. One just hopes that it is resolved as soon as possible.