The failure of the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) to ensure proper underground passage of ‘Ganda Nala’ underneath the GT Road often leads to flooding of houses in Maqboolpura and its surrounding localities.
Besides, a portion of the Ganda Nala near Sri Guru Ramdas Dental College is yet to be covered, even as it has been overlaid with concrete in other areas.
The seriousness of the Punjab government can be gauged from the fact that the AIT had sent a proposal on the Ganda Nala project in August 2013, but the government is yet to grant approval.
In a communiqué to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on May 18, the Congress had even warned him of holding a protest if the pending work on the project was not completed by July.
The absence of cover over the nala and requisite provisions for unhindered flow and disposal of sewerage water in it often leads to flooding of near-by localities, causing inconvenience to the residents — comprised mainly labourers and economically weaker people.
Ajit Singh, a teacher and a Maqboolpura resident, said even as the drain had been covered in most of the areas, there were a few areas where it was still open and causing problem.
Taking up the issue with the chief minister through a missive, Jugal Kishore Sharma, former MLA and former AIT chairman, stated that the work of covering the Ganda Nala was started in 2006-2007 at a cost of around Rs 18 crore and stretch of the drain in Ajit Nagar, Uttam Nagar, East Mohan Nagar, Guru Ramdas Nagar, Guru Nanakpura and parts of 100 feet road was covered.
“Thereafter, the SAD-BJP government came to power and the remaining stretch of the nala was left uncovered,” he said
“The flow of sewage is impeded by the GT Road that passes through the area and often leads to flooding of houses in Maqboolpura and its surrounding localities,” Sharma added.
“The problem gets aggravated during monsoon, which unleashes the threat of outbreak of water-borne diseases,” he said.
AIT chairman Sandeep Rishi said the matter would be taken up with the government and work on covering of the remaining stretch of the nala would be undertaken on a priority basis.