Exposing civic body's tall claims, several parts of the city were swamped again following rain on Thursday. Life was paralysed and residents had to wade through waterlogged roads.
With more than 90% areas lacking storm sewage system, the deputy chief minister's "Mission Ludhiana" is yet to meet reality. Residents have no relief from waterlogging during rain as the stormwater sewage system is still a distant dream in the city.
Storm sewage system is a part of deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal's "Mission Ludhiana", about which he had announced around more than one-and-a-half years ago. The municipal corporation (MC) lacks required funds to conduct this project.
District president of the Congress (Urban) Gurpreet Gogi said the deputy CM had announced about storm sewage system in the city, but nothing has been done so far. Waterlogging is common in various city areas, he added.
He said there was an urgent need to improve the sewage system in the city to avoid waterlogging as the population is also increasing in the city. He said residents are forced to face troubles during rain.
Industrial area, Model Town, Ghumar Mandi, Haibowal, under Damoria Bridge, areas along Ganda Nullah, Dashmesh Nagar, Jamuna Colony and Transport Nagar are worst affected. At times, water gets logged up to two feet in different areas and vehicles meet with accidents during the rain. Only about 10-11% areas of the city have the storm sewage system, while the remaining areas are awaiting its installation.
Gurwinder Singh, a resident, said, "There is need to improve condition of sewage system in the city. The problem persists even in the posh areas of the city."
Some of the city areas, including Dhandari and nearby areas, still have no sewage system installed.
The MC officials often claim to complete the project at the earliest, but "due to shortage of funds they seem helpless". MC executive engineer Ravinder Garg said the World Bank was also conducting a study. They have to submit a report about it. He said there was need of storm sewage system in different areas.
Additional commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said they would look into the matter. He said the MC would complete the pending works, including installation of sewage system in Dhandari and other areas, on a prority basis.