Even as the state government claims that there is no lacks of funds for development in the state, it is dragging its feet on preparing a proposal for a new sewerage project for Abohar. This is even as it is to pay only 20% of the Rs 66.65 crore project, the rest is to be given by the union government.
The matter was brought to the attention of the Punjab and Haryana high court through a writ petition and while hearing the case on Thursday, the high court ordered the principal secretaries (finance and local government) to prepare the above proposal and send it to union government in an expeditious manner.
"We now have some hope. Previously, we have been assured by the officials a number of times, to no avail. We then approached the high court," said a resident of Abohar, Vijay Chhabra and one of the petitioners.
Priyank Bharti, director-cum-secretary, local government, had submitted in an affidavit in the high court, stating that that dilapidated sewerage system at Abohar needed to be relayed and a project under the Urban Infrastructure Scheme for Small and Medium Towns was being re-sent to the union government through the Municipal Infrastructure Development Agency, a nodal agency of the state government.
Previously, a proposal was sent, which was sent back due to some shortcomings.
"All claims of the SAD-BJP government regarding development are false, when they cannot even prepare a project report in something where they have to only share 20% of the cost," claimed Abohar MLA and leader of opposition Sunil Jakhar.
"When a CPS in government, like Navjot Kaur Sidhu, has to move from pillar to post to get a grant for development works in her own assembly segment then the plight of common man that too in the constituency of opposition leader can be well-imagined," he alleged.