Three years’ labour and Rs. 12 crore have failed to pull the chief minister’s constituency out of muddy water.
The sewerage system of Sampla town in Rohtak district has crumbled, reducing the area to nothing more than a pool of water during monsoon.
Though chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had, at a public meeting in 2006, granted Rs. 12 crore to the town for reconstruction of the system, the sewage pipes have caved in, pointing towards the sub-standard material used.
The residential area of Sampla town, which is also the assembly constituency (Garhi-Sampla-Kiloi) of Hooda, is 2-3 feet under water.
Talking to HT, RK Singla, chief engineer, public health department, said: “In October 2007, the department started laying sewerage pipes and it was scheduled to be completed in 2010.”
He said: “After a team from Chandigarh visited the area recently, we came to know that the sewerage system was lying dysfunctional as it was not laid according to the set norms and procedure.”
He said he had asked the superintendent engineer concerned to submit a status report on the system’s collapse and recommended action against erring officials. Sources said that instead of submitting the status report, the district public health department demanded additional Rs. 6-7 crore, but was turned down.
Sandeep Kumar, a local businessman, said: “We were hopeful of not facing sewerage-related problems after the process of laying new pipes started. But, everything is back to square one, even after spending crores.”
Ram Niwas, an elderly, said: “Even after informing the chief minister and his son Deepender Hooda about the issue, we got nothing except hollow assurances.”
Parveen Coach, chairman, Sampla municipal committee, said: “We had urged the authorities of the public health department to use high-quality material to form a concrete bed before laying sewerage pipes, but it seems that no one took it seriously.”