Canal lining unit fails to pay `37 lakh dues

  • Harshraj Singh, None, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jan 16, 2015 14:52 IST

The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) is waiting for the pending dues as the Canal Lining Division, irrigation department, has failed to pay the rent of rooms and charges for electricity, water supply and sewerage.

The Ludhiana Improvement Trust had given rooms on rent around 30 years ago to the canal lining division at its building in Feroze Gandhi Market, Ludhiana.

It was learnt that the Ludhiana Improvement Trust has recently asked the department concerned to pay the pending dues, but in vain.

After obtaining information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, Arvind Sharma, a city resident, has revealed that the canal lining division has not paid the outstanding dues. It was learnt that the canal lining division has not paid `36.38 lakh, which are pending against the electricity, water supply and sewerage charges.

This department has to pay this amount to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, which is yet to improve the condition of various colonies under it.

The Ludhiana Improvement Trust through the RTI also informed that the Canal Lining Division has also not paid pending rent of `77,000.

Sharma also alleged that the canal lining wing was also using the generator facility due to which the Ludhiana Improvement Trust is facing losses. Sharma claimed that the LIT had informed that the Canal Lining Division has also not paid any property tax.

Another resident Sharanjeet Singh said, “The Ludhiana Improvement Trust authorities should ensure that the other departments pay their pending dues in time. The colonies under the Ludhiana Improvement Trust are already crying for attention as many roads are broken and parks are in bad shape.”

Sharma said an inquiry should be marked to know the reason behind non-payment of dues by the Canal Lining Division.

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