Bhola Colony: Basic civic facilities a distant dream for residents

  • Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 26, 2016 14:28 IST
Shakuntala, a resident of Bhola Colony, at the gate of her house in Bhola Colony on Tajpur Road. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Proper roads, uninterrupted water supply and drainage remain a distant dream for residents of Bhola Colony on Tajpur road. The colony presents a grim picture of utter neglect by the civic body.

However, the municipal corporation has started construction work on four streets in the area. Roads were raised 10 feet three years back to accommodate sewer lines and water pipes. But residents suffer because rainwater enters their homes during monsoon.

“The MC has started carpeting a few streets. But no work is on in remaining areas of the colony. Accumulated rainwater on streets cause unsanitary conditions for us. Whenever a vehicle passes, dirty water enters my home because it is nearly 10 feet below the road,” said 67-year-old Shakuntala, adding that her family had shifted here for a comfortable life. “The sewerage installed three years ago remains choked,” she said.

Health problems

Another resident, Geeta, said the unsanitary conditions have affected the health of residents. “My husband is suffering from jaundice while our neighbour got typhoid,” she added.

She further said, “Our houses are below the street instead of being on the street. We spent `4 lakh to build our house. The MC should construct roads in the entire colony.”

The other side

Bhola Colony comes under ward 7 which is looked after by councillor Gurpreet Singh Gora. He claimed that he has repeatedly raised these issues but they fall on deaf ears.

“I got to know that the MC is constructing only a few roads here. I never received any official information regarding the same,” said Gora.

Maninder Singh, MC junior engineer, claimed that the road construction work was divided in two parts. “We have started work on four streets that are in Part A. The remaining roads are in Part B category, the tender for which will be floated soon.”

Rajinder Singh, superintending engineer of MC, said the water supply pipes will be installed under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme. The work will start next month, he added.

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