With the installation of the sewer lane from Phullanwal Chowk to Lalton on Pakhowal Road, residents of the areas that fall under Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) will get a big relief.
Recently, GLADA has started the work on installing the sewer system from Phullanwal Chowk on Pakhowal Road. Subdivisional officer (SDO) Tarun Aggarwal claimed they are making efforts to complete the entire work within next four months. The estimated cost of the project to lay the sewer lane on nearly 6.5 km stretch between Phullanwal and Singla Enclave near Lalton is around `7 crore.
The sewerage connections would be provided in those colonies where 70% people have paid the regularisation fee of their properties, said Ram Singh, estate officer, GLADA, after the installation of sewer lane on the stretch of Pakhowal Road.
An official of GLADA said nearly 200 meters of road portion near Phullanwal Chowk has been dug to install the sewer lane. After completing this task, the GLADA would conduct work on next 100-200 meters portion of the road.
It is learnt that the electricity poles will be shifted for the road widening project. After completing the sewer system project, GLADA would start road widening project that is estimated to cost more than `15 crore.
DECADE ON, SEWER SYSTEM YET TO BE INSTALLED
The residents of the villages and colonies outside the municipal corporation (MC) limits have been demanding the installation of the sewer system for the last 10 years.
Harjinder Singh of Guru Angad Dev Nagar near Phullanwal said, “We have been demanding the government to provide the sewerage system for the last 10 years.
Many of the residents in our area had paid the regularisation fee under the government policy.”
Earlier, the government had given a chance to the residents of the unauthorised colonies to get their plots regularised.
A resident of Dad village, Narinder Singh said, “The facility of the sewer system should also be provided in the villages and the government should form a policy in this regard. Now, the sewer lane would be passing under the Pakhowal Road that passes through our village.”
The traffic problems could mount on the Pakhowal Road until the project is completed. Meanwhile, the traffic has been diverted through Phullanwal village, Chhabra Colony and nearby colonies from Pakhowal Road.
The signboards have also been installed by some marriage palaces to guide the commuters about the diverted routes.
The commuters are witnessing traffic jams at Phullanwal Chowk during morning and evening hours.
However, the sewer work at this chowk has been completed.