As many as 4,000 residents of Deep Complex in Hallomajra have been at receiving end since the area has been deprived of basic amenities like sewerage, storm-water disposal system and drinking water for the last 40 years.
Though Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is for the past three years allocating more than Rs 2 crore for its development, nothing has changed on ground since MC maintains that the issue is under UT administration purview.
Area councillor Jannat Jahan Ul Haq, who raised the issue in a MC meeting on February 29, rued, "It is very unfortunate that residents are deprived of even basic amenities, which is their basic right, for the past 40 years. Since MC had maintained that Deep Complex was not under its jurisdiction, no developmental work had been undertaken in the village. But, why are they allocating budget for the same every year for sewerage and storm-water works there."
It was learnt that the area residents had to depend on 15 water tankers sent by MC to meet their daily needs.
In 2007, Deep Complex was de-notified. In 2008, it was transferred to the MC. The local body conducted a survey for water supply and sewerage but no work had commenced till date. But in 2009, a notification was issued by the UT authorities for reverting Deep Complex from the corporation. Thus, the area remained with MC for only 13 months and 18 days.
BS Rawat, a former general secretary of Deep Complex Welfare Association, said, "In these modern times, we are deprived of even drinking water. We have even written to UT Administrator Shivraj Patil, but nothing has been done so far."