Situated on the border of Punjab and Haryana, Rajpura is the first major town of Punjab and is often referred to as the gateway of Punjab. Sadly, this gateway is in tatters and presents a bad picture of the state to visitors.
Despite being situated on the prime GT Road, and being close to the state capital Chandigarh, the city's civic infrastructure fails to match the pace of its sporadic growth. Thus, every voter here has a simple agenda that they would vote for those who promise development. And anticipating the mood of voters, the candidates especially the ruling SAD-BJP combine is promising 'moon', though the reality of last seven years is contrary to their statements.
The political parties are going in with different political agendas, but residents here are looking for a candidate with a clean image, who would be approachable. Rajpura residents are more concerned about developmental issues like water supply, traffic problems, encroachments, education and other civic facilities.
Amid the civic poll battle, 156 nominations have been received till date. These representatives of political parties also making promises to provide overall developments of the area, but residents, it seems, for first time have decided to vote beyond party lines.
However, still the main contest is between traditional parties SAD-BJP and Congress, as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided not to contest. With internal bickering going on in the SAD-BJP coalition, the parties have fielded their representatives against each-other, even in seats allocated to one.
Waste Management and Poor water supply
Residents here at Rajpura expressed their concern about the lack of a proper garbage disposal system. The problem of clean water supply is also rampant in some parts of Rajpura. The city has grown and citizens expect potable water connections. Owing to shortage of water supply, residents are forced to build submersible bore wells in their houses.
The deputy chief minister laid the foundation stone of the sewerage treatment plant in 2013, but no land has been acquired so far to set up the plant. The file has been moving from one office to other, but administration has failed to select a site. Due to poor sewerage lines, the city often witnesses leakage of drain water. Blocked, choked drains are causing a major headache to residents. Some of them recently held a protest against this issue.
The increasing number of vehicles on the Rajpura road has irked the residents and traffic chaos can be seen on various locations of this small growing town in Patiala district. Illegal encroachments and lack of traffic signals are the major causes for the traffic problems. Vijay Kumar resident of ward number 17 said that the civic administration has failed to provide relief from traffic woes. He added that lack of proper signs and symbols on the roads increased this chaos.
Rapid urbanization along with growing population has given rise to illegal encroachments across the city. Traders and businessmen having been misusing public space for their business and civic authorities have failed to tackle this problem.
The increasing urbanisation along with dense population also increases the illegal encroachments at the various locations of the Rajpura, where some traders have been misusing the public space for their business and civic authorities were failed to tackle this problems. Surinderpal Singh, resident of ward number 15 said that areas near Durga Mandir road and Swami Satyanaryan road have a number of vegetable sellers who ply their trade on illegal spots. He said that these problems have arisen due to poor management by the civic authority as well as the elected representative.
Resident of Shaheed Bhagat Sing Colony, Ward no 12
I will use my vote only for the candidate who will address these problems. He also expressed hope that new representative elected by the people will develop the green parks in the various areas of Rajpura, so that residents could go for outings.
Businessman, Resident of Ward no 3
There is sewerage and potable water are the major issue. We are hoping that this time the government will resolve it, as all candidates are promising to resolve this problem.
Ward no 26
There is need to draw a master plan for city. Presently, only the ruling party councilors gets major share of funds. There should be a fixed master plan for development so that irrespective of election of candidate, the development works keeps going on.
Yadwinder Bagga, Business Man
The Rajpura Town is crying for the basic civic amenities as council is failed to provide the basic facilities to the residents. Even, heap of garbage, chocked sewerage, and improper drainage system challenges the cleanliness of the town. I would request to my new councilor to take correct measures to solve the issues.
Total number of seats: 29
Present SAD-BJP:21 (That time total seats were 25)
Number of Registered Voters: 71,551
Male Voters: 37,504
Female Voters: 34,047
Wards Reserved for SC: 03 Seats including one for woman
Wards reserved for woman: 08 seats and 1 seat for OBC
Number of Polling Stations: 65
Number of Polling building: 28
Major Issues: Broken Roads, Traffic Problem, Encroachments,Water Supply
MC has a budget of Rs 39.14 crore annually.
Rs 18.47 crore is dedicated to the establishment, including salaries.
Rs 19.14 crore is spent on development works which include maintenance of roads, operation and maintenance of water supply and sewerage.
Rs 1.12 crore has been earmarked for the contingency expenses.