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Ferozepur residents receive water supply mixed with sewage

Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar, Hindustan Times  Ferozepur, November 04, 2013
First Published: 20:41 IST(4/11/2013) | Last Updated: 20:43 IST(4/11/2013)

Local residents have been receiving water supply from the MC that is found to be mixed with sewage.

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Even as months have passed since the incidents were first reported, the civic body has failed to initiate steps to solve the problem.

So for now, the only precaution the residents can take to avoid drinking sewage water is to keep the tap open till the muck is cleared.

Even as this major problem remains unsolved, other civic amenities like roads and streetlights are more or less a luxury for residents.

Most main roads or streets in town are without streetlights in the evening or at the night. This becomes a golden opportunity for anti-social elements, especially chain snatchers and eve-teasers to loot and harass the public, especially women.

The faulty design of the over-bridge in the town has also often led to accidents. What's worse is that there are no streetlights in the town.

One good thing has been the recent drive by the Powercom department to install electric meters outside homes and that too in pillars boxes. However, the drive also did hit supply to streetlights. 

The roads leading up to and around the Ferozepur Cantonment bus stand are more rocky than carpeted and injury to commuters and damage to vehicles is common on the stretch. Even minor rain is enough to give the road the look of a pond.

"Civic amenities are a luxury for the common man. Those in positions of authority must work and give us our right. The public's grievances must be addressed," said Amarjit Singh Bhogal, former president, Lions Club Ferozepur, Greater.

"We have repeatedly raised the issue of clean water supply and roads with the public, to no avail," said KC Arora, a social activist.

"The SAD-BJP government has sanctioned Rs. 51 crore to revamp the sewerage system. Funds have also been allocated for the construction of city roads, after the project to lay the sewerage is complete," said Ashwani Grover, BJP leader and former president, MC, Ferozepur.

He claimed that the street-lighting project was more than 70% complete.

"A meeting has been called and a strategy has been chalked out to tackle problems related to civic
amenities," said Arwind Pal Singh Sandhu, ADC (development), Ferozepur.

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