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Kapurthala locality lacks roads

Sanjeev Bhalla, Hindustan Times  Kapurthala, February 12, 2013
First Published: 23:26 IST(12/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:28 IST(12/2/2013)

With the sewerage board and the municipal council failing to coordinate with each other, Ajit Nagar in ward number 6 has seen no roads for more than a year.

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Underground sewerage pipes laid in the main street of Ajit Nagar have not been linked to the side streets. This has meant that the MC has failed to start construction of roads in the locality, which has only bumpy patchworks that are simply not fit for commuting.

“During rains, streets remain under water for 15 days and more. Commuting is like taking a chance on your life,” said Ram Sarat, a local resident.

The standing water is also a breeding ground for mosquitoes and we suffer skin infections due to the unhygienic conditions all around, said Vidhya Rani, a local resident.

Karambir Singh, another resident, said, “This is not a recent problem. I have been staying here for 15 years. This area is an ideal example of neglect by municipal council.”

Another resident Tarsem Lal said the in spite of the terrible roads, the area also lacks streetlights, which have not been installed even after repeated request to the civic body.

“At night, we carry a torch to navigate. The officials seem to be waiting for a big mishap to happen before they do their duty.”

When contacted, area councillor Dara Ram said: “I have moved several requests to both the municipal council and state government department to improve the living conditions here. However, being a councillor from the opposition, my demands are generally ignored.”

When contacted, municipal council president Paramjeet Singh refuted the charges of bias.

“We have initiated several developmental works in the area. For the poor condition of roads, the sewerage board is to blame, as we have not received the completion certificate of the sewerage. Once we get this, construction of roads will begin. All other estimates have been cleared by the House.”

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