Owing to acute fund crunch the state government is facing at present, the sewerage project sanctioned for industrial town of Goraya in 2010 has been waiting for completion till now.
Estimated to cost `28crore, the project was handed over to Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board for execution and Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) was supposed to provide money for the project. The project was scheduled to be completed in 2012 it was to be completed 2012.
Till now, only the construction work at a cost of `8crore has been completed and all important equipment for the installation of the sewerage treatment plant (STP) and the main pumping system has yet to be purchased.
Sources disclosed that out of a total sewerage pipe of 13km length that has to be laid under this project, only three km length has been laid so far.
The delay in the project has also increased the input cost of the project for the implementing agency. The Railways, that had first decided to charge `1crore from the sewerage board as the sewerage pipe has to cross from a railway underbridge, has now demanded `1.5crore for the same.
Meanwhile, due to delay in the execution of the project, the untreated sewage water is now being discharged into ponds of the town which is spreading foul smell in the areas including Ram Bazaar market, Rurka road and Boparai village.
"As the general elections are approaching, the SAD-BJP government was boasting of speeding development in the region, but the incomplete sewerage treatment plant in Goraya shows the reality. Going by the present pace, the project is expected to take four to five more years that means a clean Goraya is yet a distant dream," said Gurmeet Kaur, a local resident.
Assistant engineer, state water supply sewerage board, Tilak Raj, said an amount of nearly `20crore was needed for the project, but there was no any information where this money would come from.
Executive engineer (public health), GLADA, HS Pannu, disclosed that another grant of `6crore out of the sanction grant of `28crore has been transferred to the executive agency.
"We have no funds with ourselves for the past one year, due to which this project was getting delayed. We hope to get funds after February 15," he said.
Chief parliamentary secretary (higher education) and Phillaur MLA Avinash Chander blamed GLADA for delay in the completion of this project.
The CPS claimed that he had talked to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal three to four times over the issue and he was hopeful of getting the funds very soon.