Member of parliament (MP) from Patiala Dharamvira Gandhi was on a surprise visit to the 'sangat darshan' programme at the Patiala Municipal Corporation (PMC) premises on Tuesday. Along with the PMC authorities, Gandhi listened to the grievances of the complainants.
The civic body, according to directions from the state government, has to hold a 'sangat darshan' every week to know about the problems faced by residents in their respective areas.
However, this is the first time that a parliamentarian from the constituency attended the meeting.
At Tuesday's meeting, the MC received about 15 complaints such as blockage of sewers, delay in approving building plans, illegal installation of mobile towers and encroachment of property.
Gandhi also handed over a memorandum of his demands to joint commissioner Nazar Singh, who is officiating as chief of the corporation, besides holding a meeting with officials of all the departments of the MC.
"In view of the approaching monsoon season, the officials have been asked to improve the drainage system and clean sewerage lines to avoid water logging on the streets. The authorities were also informed of poor civic amenities especially in the areas adjacent to 'Choti Nadi'," said the MP.
He also visited Mathura colony, Tej Bagh colony, Tafazalpura and other neighbouring areas.
"The conditions are pathetic in these areas as filthy sewerage water has turned into a nightmare for the residents due to blocked sewerage pipes," said Gandhi.
The AAP leader also said, it surfaced during the meeting, that development projects in the city were stalled due to the failure of the Punjab government to sanction adequate funds to the PMC.