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Bathinda mayor Balwant Rai Nath under flak over sewerage project

punjab Updated: Nov 11, 2016 13:03 IST
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Councillor Santosh Mahant at the MC general house meeting in Bathinda on Thursday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)

Municipal councillors, cutting across party lines, cornered mayor Balwant Rai Nath over poor maintenance of the sewerage and water supply system and unhygienic conditions in the city during the municipal corporation’s general house meeting on Thursday.

The councillors demanded a resolution against Triveni Private Limited company, which has been given the sewerage project worth Rs 288 crore, to withdraw the work from it. The company has already completed 50% of the work, but has been drawing flak as it had failed to resolve the issues related to water supply and sewerage.

“It has been almost one year since the Triveni company was allotted the work, but it has completely failed to redress problem of sewerage and water supply,” said Baljeet Singh Raju Sran, ward 9 councillor.

He said all councillors demanded the blacklisting of the company for developmental works in future.

“The corporation has been spending crores on the sewerage project, but there has been no any result so far. There is total chaos on Bathinda roads as the company has failed to lay roads in the areas, where fresh sewer and water supply lines were laid,” he said.

Another councillor Santosh Mahant said even officials of the company and the sewerage board either remained incommunicado or passed the buck to each other. “Who should be considered responsible for such a mess,” she said.

Meanwhile, defending the company, mayor Balwant Rai Nath, said the contract was signed at the government level as the corporation had little role in it.

“There is no provision for withdrawing work from the allottee agency and get it executed from other agency. This may cause litigation problems and complications,” said the mayor.

The councillors also raised the issue of illegal encroachment of public properties and sought stricter action against the defaulters.

Besides, the House also passed a resolution to set up an open gymnasium at the Joggers Park.