Ludhiana residents have high hopes from MC Budget this time

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Feb 09, 2016 10:54 IST
MC headquarters near Mata Rani Chowk in Ludhiana. (HT Photo)

As the municipal corporation (MC) officials are busy in preparing the Budget to be presented before the MC House next month, residents want from the civic body to ensure well-constructed roads, safe drinking water supply, storm sewer system, solid waste management, sanitation, developed parks and public transportation.

The MC had proposed a Budget of Rs 803 crore for 201516, but the government had approved only Rs 742 crore. Residents want from the MC to increase their annual Budget by generating more sources of income so that the city, which has to developed as a smart city can see major developments during 2016-17.

The residents wish that the city roads should be free from potholes while there should be proper disposal of solid waste. The residents want from the MC to ensure safe drinking water supply to avoid diarrhoea and gastroenteritis outbreaks in the city. Ludhiana West subdivision grievances committee member, Satish Thaman, said the residents generally complain about unhygienic conditions, non-lifting of garbage, potholed roads, cleaning of sewer lanes and contaminated water supply. “The MC should make the budget according to the requirements of the city,” he said.

“The MC should bring proposal to ensure safe drinking water supply, construction of rain harvesting system, proper lifting of garbage, development of parks and installation of storm sewer system,” he said.

A resident of Tajpur road Lakhwinder Singh said, “There are many areas of Tajpur road, Dhandari, Giaspura and outer areas of the city where the roads were not constructed. The MC should bring proposal for constructing new roads. Every year, diarrhoea and gastroenteritis cases are reported due to contaminated water supply. The MC should take measures to ensure safe drinking water supply.”

“The MC should develop all parks to make the city green. The civic body should take required measures to ensure clearing of blocked sewer lanes before the rainy season. More city buses should be started to make the public transportation better,” Jagjeet Singh, a government school teacher. District congress president (urban) Gurpreet Gogi, who is councillor from ward no. 53, said, “There are many areas where contaminated water supply invites diseases. The MC should take measures to install RO system to purify water being supplied to the residents. The sewerage system should be upgraded.”

“The lifting of garbage is not being done properly so that it must pay attention to improve the solid waste management system. Special budget for health branch should be presented before the House. Plants for sewerage treatment and disposal of solid waste should be set up in the city. It should take measures to redress the problem of stray dog menace,” said Gogi.

MC commissioner GK Singh Dhaliwal said they are preparing the Budget for 2016-17 while adding that they will ensure development of parks and roads. “We will ensure bricks or metalled roads in the entire city. Besides, we have made plans to improve the solid waste management system.”

“The residents can also give us suggestions regarding the budget as we would look into them. However, I assure that the city would see major developments during 2016-17,” he said.

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