The residents of Nayagaon, adjoining City Beautiful, have been facing several issues for long. The issues related to sanitation, sewage and other basic amenities have been haunting the residents, which they want the politicians to resolve at the earliest.
Nayagaon is located in the Kharar sub division in SAS Nagar district. In the upcoming Nagar Panchayat elections, the wards have increased to 21 from 14, and 138 candidates have filed their nominations to contest this time.
However, Congress has fielded its candidates in only 15 wards. Vipin, who heads Congress in Nayagaon, said, “Our candidates have requested the party to let them contest the elections independently in the remaining wards, and later they will extend support to Congress after registering victory.”
“SAD-BJP alliance has been ruling over the state for the last seven years but they have failed to ensure the development of the town,”claimed the Congress chief of Nayagaon.
SAD-BJP alliance has launched its candidates on all the seats with seven candidates hailing from SAD fold while remaining from the BJP. Interestingly, the alliance has witnessed internal spats in two wards- 20 and 4- where both the parties are contesting concurrently.
SAD Nayagaon chief Darshan Singh said, “We have informed the party high command about the spat. Further action will be taken accordingly.”According to Darshan Singh, the MCused to make around Rs 1 crore through value added tax (VAT), but now this revenue generation has been reduced to around Rs 30 lakh.
Sewage is one of the main problems of the area residents. The unplanned sewage system results in the accumulation of sewage water in the streets most often. After every few months, residents get the underground sewage pipes repaired which leak frequently. People have installed disposable motors, but due to irregular electricity supply, most of the times motors don’t function and the residents have to wait for long. Pooran Singh, a resident of Nayagaon, said that underground rain water pipes remain damaged most of the times due to which waterlogging is witnessed on the roads. “There’s no check on the stray cattle menace. Residents from adjoining villages leave their aged cows, buffaloes and bulls on the roads, posing a threat to the lives of the motorists. The MC has failed to address the problem so far,”he said.
Improper drainage system, along with ill managed garbage disposal, has led to unhygienic conditions even in the posh localities. In the absence of big bins, people throw garbage at every nook and corner of the city. The situation gets worsened during rainy season as even light showers leave the city inundated with water. It happens so because of improper drainage system. The garbage and stagnant water wreak havoc, especially in the low-lying areas. A city resident, Parwinder Singh, said that administration has installed street lights at some areas, but these are non-functional.
Lack of basic amenities
The narrow streets of the city are in a bad shape, while the main roads are in a deplorable condition. Residents get a bumpy ride on most of the roads in the town. Moreover the roads leading to posh localities are also in a pathetic state. No public parks have been constructed here. Public dispensary and other basic requirements are still a distant dream for the residents. Simranjit Singh, a resident of Shivalik Vihar, said, “I reside at a posh locality. I have never come across a fully constructed road here. No government hospital or dispensary is there,”he said.
Another resident, Bhavna Vats, said no security arrangements have been made for the residents. “To deposit power or water bills, one has to travel to SAS Nagar because no such office is situated here,”she added.
I have been residing here for long. I have seen the trend of digging up the underground pipes here for the first time as the administration doesn’t bother to get the roads repaired once these are dug up for some works. If candidates seek votes, they should work sincerely. Rohit Rana, Govind Vihar resident.
I am staying here for the last 25 years. In this period, I have seen little development in this area. Getting roads constructed across the town is not a big issue for the local body as they get money for development projects. Reeta Manhas, Nayagaon resident.
I have been listening about the promises made by the politicians since my school days. I expected a facelift of Nayagaon till my college days. Now I am about to finish my university studies but the situation here remains the same. The leaders should take a serious note of the issues and work for its development. Tralochan Singh, Adarsh Nagar resident.
No security gates have been installed to ensure security. No public transport is available, despite being located very near to the City Beautiful. Bhavna Vats, Shivalik Vihar residents.
Number of seats: 21
Total number of registered voters: 27,830
Male voters: 15,197
Female voters: 12,633
Wards reserved for SC candidates 2
Wards reserved for women 7 (2 for SC women)
Anticipated Seat scenario
SAD-BJP to contest on all 21 seats
BJP to contest on 14 seats,
Akali Dal on 7 seats
Congress to contest on all 15 seats
Last year’s results
Total wards 15
Sewage and drainage
Broken water pipes