Transfer of five colonies in the city to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has not allayed the grievances of residents of these colonies, which are still devoid of basic amenities.
These colonies - Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Rajguru Nagar, Bharat Nagar Extension and Sant Singh Nagar - were transferred to LIT on January 24. However, heaps of garbage continue to lie strewn in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Maharishi Valmiki Nagar in absence of regular safai karamcharis. Besides the roads are broken in many places, and to make the matters worse, several street lights are not functioning.
Earlier, these colonies were shifted from the LIT to municipal corporation (MC) on April 3, 2013. But the process was stalled soon after, as, acccording to sources, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader had objected before the local bodies department against the transfer.
With no authority looking after these colonies, their residents had nobody to rely on to resolve their civic grievances for the past 10 months. Consequently, residents heaved a sigh of relief when these colonies were transferred back to LIT in January. But unfortunately no steps have been taken by the authority concerned to provide any relief to the residents. "Many areas in these colonies have turned into dumps. But no sweeper from LIT has visited these colonies. Therefore, residents are forced to spend from their pockets for cleanliness in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar. Besides, the LIT is also not providing any park maintenance allowance," said Satish Thaman, member of Ludhiana West Sub-Division Grievances Redressal Committee.
"Though the MC has charged property tax in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, residents have not even been provided basic amenities. Even after the area coming under the LIT, there has been no relief," Thaman added.
An advocate, Varun Jain, said, "The roads are broken and street lights don't work in Rishi Nagar. Wild grass is grown up along all roads. Besides, garbage is not being lifted from Polytechnic College." The situation is quite similar in the other colonies. According to residents, many street lights are not functioning in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Rajguru Nagar as well.
LIT superintending engineer Sukhbir Singh said, "We received the letter regarding transfer of these colonies to LIT three days ago. We are yet to formally take over them. While transferring these colonies to MC in April, we had given it `321 lakh to carry out developmental works. But we have not received that money back."