Hundreds of residents of ward no 17 in Humayunpur village on Friday staged a protest at the railway road, Sirhind, and decided to boycott the Lok Sabha elections. They said ward no 17 in Humayunpur village had been neglected as no development works had been carried out in the area ever since the notification of wards in 1997.
Since the area is neither classified as a rural area nor does it fall under the municipal council, no funds have been allocated to the area.
The protesters also burnt an effigy of the local administration. Fatehgarh Sahib Congress MLA, Kuljit Singh Nagra too was present.
Nagra said that he had been pursuing the matter as the residents claimed that the local administration had not cleared the status of 300 residents whether they are residents of a rural area or urban area.
Nagra further added that it was one of the areas where the people could not know their residential status.
He also said that protest was lifted when the local administration gave an assurance to the residents that on Monday there would be a meeting to solve the matter.
Meanwhile, residents also complained that they could not get any loans from banks due to ambiguity over who has jurisdiction over the area.
Even though the municipal council had passed a resolution to include the area under its ambit, the matter still stands unresolved.