Popularly known as Baaganwala, the town of orchards, Morinda in Rupnagar district is ailing from poor sewerage among other things.
Large orchards that once occupied the vast expanse in the area were eventually cleared for housing accommodations. The town, a municipal council since 1953, has 24,000-odd population and the biggest resentment among local residents is an ailing sewerage.
Besides sewerage, residents are also jittery over the railway crossing located in the heart of the town since it remains closed 36 times a day, causing great inconvenience to locals and commuters alike.
Interestingly, all candidates in the fray for elections here have contested as independents since it became municipal council. In the upcoming municipal elections, of the 54 candidates contesting from 15 seats, only two are contesting on party symbol.
MC president Vijay Sharma Tinku, who is again contesting from ward 2, said, “I tried my level best to sort out issues related to sewerage, but the state government did not give us any grant. The subsequent governments in Punjab have completely ignored this town.”
“As far as the railway crossing is concerned, we took up the matter with former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and even a survey was conducted to construct an underbridge, but we nothing has been done in this regard so far,” he added.
“I even raised the sewerage issue and other major problems in the Vidhan Sabha, but in vain. Surprisingly, the budget of Morinda municipal council is paltry `7 crore, and we do not even get the entire amount. There is no sports complex or stadium in the town for children to play,” Congress MLA Charanjeet Singh Channi said.
Local residents complained that during elections, leaders promise them with solution of the sewerage issue every time, but nothing has been done for long.
The drainage system here is faulty, sewers overflow, thus making it difficult for residents even to breathe. The residents claimed that the situation worsens during the rains.
Another major issue is the railway crossing which remains closed for nearly 35 times a day. The crossing is located in the heart of the city, causing great inconvenience to residents and commuters. The residents are looking forward to a new municipal council to take up the issue with the authorities concerned.
NO OFFICE OF DSP, DTO
The residents also complain that there is no office for deputy superintendent of police and the district transport officer. They have to go to either to Chamkaur Sahib, 17km from upnagar, which again is 22km.
STRAY CATTLE MENACE
With dysfunctional street lights and stray cattle menace, accidents take place almost daily on the roads here. Surprisingly, the municipal council has not taken any step to curb the menace. The civic body does not have any truck and has a staff of just six people to deal with the stray cattle menace.