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Bad roads define locality in Barnala.

punjab Updated: Nov 23, 2013 21:11 IST
BB Goyal
BB Goyal
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Residents of Punsup Wali Gali have alleged that they are being given step-motherly treatment in the maintenance of their streets.

Street residents say that while interlocked tiles or pre-mix carpet has been laid in all street of ward no. 21, their street has not even been repaired. The ward has 14 streets and remaining streets have proper roads.

So deep is the resentment that the residents have decided to boycott the forthcoming municipal council elections.

Street residents have formed a seven-member committee to voice their grievance wherever they get a chance to. Surinder Pal, a committee member, said, "This road was constructed more than a decade back. We are fed up of political promises. We are just demanding our rights and will boycott the polls."

"During rains, we are the worst-hit. Rainwater of all streets flows to our street, since level of our street is low. It deposits a lot of dirt and soil," Pal added.

Raghbir Parkash, a BJP leader, alleged that while Paramjit Singh Dhillon got 5 kilometers road constructed for a few houses in his own colony situated on outskirts of city when he was MC President, Punsup Street remained neglected, even as it was located in the middle of the city.

Parkash claimed that the ward could not get his due share of development expenditure, since its councillor belongs to another ward.

Municipal councillor (now ex-MC) Rajneesh Garg Bhola, belonging to Congress, however, claimed that his ward received Rs 1.5 crore for development work during his tenure as MC, even as all other wards did not get more than Rs 1 crore.

Bhola claimed that MC did not award any work for first 30 months of his term as the president belonged to the SAD. He claimed that he received funds, after he strongly raised the issue in a councillors' meeting.

Vivek Goyal, a resident said, "Government offices such as Punjab Agro Foodgrain Corporation and two offices of Punsup are situated in this street. A private school has a big garage in our street. The street is one of the connecting streets between Rambagh Road and KC Road. Yet, the street is more of a mud track."

Another resident Hukam Chand said, "Women cannot walk comfortably in the street as visitors and their drivers visiting the government offices urinate in the street. We have pooled-in funds to fix the barbed fencing around vacant plots."

A leader in the ward Raghbir Parkash claimed that laying of pre-mix in the street at a cost of Rs 9.50 lakh would start soon.
When contacted, MC executive officer Manvir Singh Gill evaded reply, claiming to be in a meeting.

SDM-cum-MC administrator Amandeep Bansal said, "There is no discrimination against anybody. Paucity of fund with the MC is forcing us to delay various projects. We have overdue liabilities to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore."

Citizens Speak
Tender for road in this street was floated in January 2013. Municipal Council should immediately start work on this-Rajneesh Garg Bhola, former councillor

Of the 14 streets of this ward, only this street has been neglected. There should be no discrimination We also deserve proper roads and streets.Raghbir Parkash, ward leader
Many government offices are situated in Punsup street. Either interlocked tiles or premix carpet should be laid here soon for convenience of residents and visitors.Hukam Chand, area resident

Authority Speak
"MC has shortage of funds. It has liabilities of Rs 2.5 crore. Work will begin after the liabilities are cleared." -Amandeep Bansal,
SDM-cum-MC administrator.