Contrary to the claims of the SAD-BJP government in the state that there is no paucity of funds for development works, the electricity connections of waterworks of various villages in this border town have been cut following non-payment of bills by the concerned department.
As per information, the Public health department owes Rs 97 crore to the powercom and due to non-payment and power connections of reverse osmosis plants have been disconnected for the past six months in various villages of the state, including Maste Ke, Haste Kee, Machiwara, Habib Wala, Jalal Wala, Subha Kadim and Dullewala of the district.
Due to power disconnections, water supply to various villages has been cut off leaving the people at the receiving end in such a scorching heat.
"In the absence of supply from waterworks, they were left with no option but to consume ground water, which is unfit for human consumption", rued Surjit Kaur, a resident of Maste Ke village.
"Every day, the state government is issuing advertisements for laying foundation stones of various development works worth crores, but the ground reality is quite opposite. The government does not have money to pay even bills of essential services," said Iqbal Singh, one of the villagers.
Villagers of Maste Kee village apprised Parminder Singh Pinki, MLA, Ferozepur, o the situation during his visit to their village.
Pinki, on his own, restored the power connection of the waterworks at Maste Kee village which covered ten villages. Following this, the villagers heaved a sigh of relief.
"It's not the problem of villagers in Ferozepur rather innumerable residents of rural areas throughout the state are facing the same fate," Pinki said.
Superintendent engineer, Powercom, Ferozepur, acknowledged that the public health department owes them `10 crore in Ferozepur and as per guidelines power connections of defaulter waterworks were disconnected.