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MC crosses the line or they will

Hindustan Times  Bathinda, August 12, 2012
First Published: 23:34 IST(12/8/2012) | Last Updated: 00:50 IST(13/8/2012)

Across the railway line here, red flag is up for the civic body officials. Angry over the continuing sewage spill, the local community served the minicipal corporation a warning on Sunday. It threatened to throw mud at its officials, if they failed to come to the area to solve the problem.

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Gurpreet Kaur, councillor of ward 31, and Kheem Singh Makar, councillor of ward 38 have blamed local legislator and chief parliamentary secretary Saroop Chand Singla for unsanitary conditions in areas across the line and sought his resignation.

"Sewage is accumulated on the streets for the past two months. The smell is unbearable and people have caught diseases," said Mohan Lal Jhumba, block president of the Congress. "We have written many times to the municipal commissioner, mayor, and Punjab government."

"Constant neglect has driven the community to this point," said Jhumba, "Not just cleanliness, we don't even have potable water." The dwellers have given the district administration, MC and Punjab government four days to act, after which they plan to empty bucketfuls of mud at the offices of the MC office and district complex.

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