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Ludhiana: Residents unhappy with MC's budget

punjab Updated: Mar 28, 2015 08:44 IST
Harshraj Singh
Harshraj Singh
Hindustan Times
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As the majority of city roads and parks are in pitiable condition, the residents feel unhappy with proposed budget of MC.

In proposed budget for 2015-16, the MC to spend 132 cr on various development works including new works and maintenance works of roads, bridges, streets and drains, street lights, parks and others.

Residents claimed that the budget of MC is not as per their expectations as the city roads and parks are in most pitiable conditions. For the new works of roads, the MC proposed budget of only Rs 23 crore while it proposed budget of Rs 52.50 cr for maintenance of roads.

However, the MC has planned to carpet the various roads and it requires Rs 367 crores for which it seeks funds from the central government.

The councillors claimed that there was need of Rs 75 crore so that work for new roads can be conducted in all the wards. The councillors have already expressed their dissatisfaction on budget.

Residents are suffering due to big potholes in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Dugri, Model Town, Barewal, Basti Jodhewal, Janta Nagar, Shimla Puri, Phullawal-Jawaddi Road, Industrial Area, Dhandari Khurd, Deep Colony, Durga Colony and many others.

Gaganpreet Singh, a city resident said, "Rs 23 crore is not sufficient for carpeting of city roads. The MC should take steps to improve its financial condition so that the damaged roads of various areas could be carpeted."

Potholed surfaces of these roads are the cause of frequent mishaps and lead to wastage of fuel as well, he added.

Also the MC has budget of only Rs 5.5 crore including new works and maintenance of city parks.

President of Maha Sabha, an NGO, Col (retired) JS Brar said that the budget is totally eye wash. "The city roads and parks are in the very bad condition but the proposed budget is not sufficient. The MC lacks proper planning for development of city and it just does formality."

There was urgent need to pay attention towards city roads and parks which are in bad shape, he added.

General Secretary of Ex-servicemen Welfare Society, Major (retired) Sher Singh Aulakh commented that the budget was not as per their expectations as the city roads require more funds. The government should provide funds to the MC so that the development works can be conducted, he added.

Additional Commissioner, Ghanshyam Thori said that the estimates of various roads were prepared but the work will start after getting funds government. He said that the work to lay patches on the city roads is already going on.

It is to be noticed that MC on Thursday had proposed budget of Rs 803.70 crore for 2015-16.