With most administrative posts in Batala municipal council — including that of president, vice-president and executive officer — lying vacant, the locals have not been getting the basic amenities.
Potholed roads, over-flowing sewage, non-availability of clean drinking water and garbage strewn all over the town are common here.
The post of the MC president has been lying vacant for the past three months while that of the vice-president for five months. The executive officer, who was running the council for the past some time in the absence of the president, was also transferred on July 16.
According to information, though the council has been spending Rs 1.93 lakh every month for maintenance of streetlights, more than 75% of the lights do not function. For providing better sanitation facilities to locals, the council has employed 164 regular and 101 contractual employees and is spending Rs 2.1 lakh on lifting the garbage and filth.
Despite that, every nook and corner of the town is covered with garbage, making it difficult for the locals. People have been facing an acute shortage of clean drinking water in this hot weather.
Senior doctor and social worker SS Nijjar says the government should take adequate steps to provide better civic amenities to the people, or it may lead to an epidemic due to the poor sanitation. Harbans Singh, president, Senior Citizens Forum, says he, along with other members of the forum, has repeatedly apprised the administration of the issue, but to no avail. He has threatened to hold a protest against the state government in case the government does not fill the vacant posts immediately.
Though the administration had called a meeting of the council to elect the president on July 9, it was postponed at the last minute.