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In inundated Bathinda, SAD talks about development

As Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) held a camp to train workers highlighting the developmental works on Sunday, the city ironically presented a different picture with the struggling authorities clearing water after Saturday’s heavy rain.

punjab Updated: Aug 29, 2016 15:39 IST
Sachin Sharma
MLA Sarup Chand Singla, (third from right) Mayor Balwant Rai Nath (second from right) during SAD meeting at Jeet Palace in Bathinda on Sunday.
MLA Sarup Chand Singla, (third from right) Mayor Balwant Rai Nath (second from right) during SAD meeting at Jeet Palace in Bathinda on Sunday.(HT Photo)

As Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) held a camp to train workers highlighting the developmental works on Sunday, the city ironically presented a different picture with the struggling authorities clearing water after Saturday’s heavy rain.

Several parts of the city remained inundated with water even after 24 hours passed after cessation of heavy rain due to which city received over 100 mm of rainfall.

The areas such as Civil Lines, Kamla Nehru Colony, Dhobi Bazar, Sirki Bazar, Lal Singh Basti, Guru Nanak Pura Mohalla are still waterlogged. In Dhobiana Basti many houses have developed cracks due to rains.

Meanwhile, in contrast to the picture prevailing across city, the SAD organised a training camp for party workers of Bathinda (urban) assembly segment.

Besides telling about history and contribution of SAD towards Punjab, the camp focused on educating the cadre about development works being carried out by SAD-BJP government in the city.

The speakers told the cadre about the ‘unprecedented’ development done in city including rising of infrastructure, roads, railway over bridges and under bridges, providing basic amenities to residents such as drinking water and sewerage.

The party workers of 50 wards under municipal corporation Bathinda (MCB) were called in three shifts in which Bathinda (urban) MLA Sarup Chand Singla and MCB mayor Balwant Rai Nath took part.

Waterlogged residence of Bathinda zone inspector general of police on Sunday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)

“People had a bad image of Bathinda but the development works carried by the SAD-BJP government has changed the city and anybody who visits after a considerable time feels astonished,” said one of the speakers.

“There was a problem of deluge in rains in the city but with MCB efforts water has been removed from city within hours,” said the speaker in-front of mayor, seemingly ignorant of the fact that parts of the city were still waterlogged due to the yesterday rains.

“We have reduced the number of machines deployed in pumping water so as to reduce the pressure on sludge carrier to avoid its breakage though it might increase the time,” said MCB mayor Nath.

“As it rained heavily so the process is taking time,” said Nath.

“Light to moderate rain is predicted till August 30,” said assistant agro-meteorologist of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Raj Kumar Pal.

The prediction might aggravate the woes of city residents as the similar prediction was for Saturday but it rained heavily. Meanwhile the late evening rains have created the same situation with no visible improvement for the residents here on Sunday.