The deputy chief minister will lay the foundation stone of a 7-kilometre-long bypass here on Friday but a similar project started by his father, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, has got nowhere in more than three years.
The municipal corporation failed to execute the project for which, on June 13, the CM had laid the foundation stone. It was to do with development works in wards 42, 43, 44 and 45 here. A 10-kilometre road along the DAV canal was also proposed for linking Gakhal village to Pathankot Chowk bypass.
House buyers rue bad investment
Of the total estimated investment of Rs. 4.32 crore, Rs. 2.10 crore was to go into laying earth and stone platform for the road and the rest would have gone into charcoal surfacing. Only 15% over, the work now is bane for the people who bought houses along it in the hope of getting an easy approach. "It has been more than two years but I still regret my decision," said Darshan Lal, who purchased a house in Sher Singh Colony.
Lal was assured that the road would be completed within months. "Now, it's dangerous to take this route at night. My family remains worried until I reach home. We had decided to sell off this property," said the disgruntled man.
"Many people from the area want to sell their houses," said property dealer Bachan Singh. "The MC should start working on the project seriously."
"Three years on; the path is not even cleared of the encroachment that halts work every now and then. I tried to get the land vacated but the departments involved had no coordination," said Pritam Singh, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor from ward 43 and member of the party's working committee.
Was our dream project, says Akali councillor
In Pritam's estimate, the work done is worth only Rs. 50 lakh. "This was our dream project. The work of cleaning up the DAV canal also hasn't started," he said, adding: "If the space is cleared, a beautiful walking track can be developed along the canal."
Mayor Sunil Jyoti blamed the delay on issues in the demarcation of land. "We have sorted out the confusion with the irrigation department," he said, adding: "The work on the canal has started. Encroachments also will be dealt with."