Newly-elected members of the Ludhiana municipal corporation are not only looking forward to taking oath as councillors next month, but have already started drawing a list of civic works they would take up thereafter to make the lives of local residents easy.
Most of these works related to repair and relaying of internal roads, sanitation and provision of clean drinking water to residents of their respective areas.
It is pertinent to mention here that there are a total of 75 wards in Ludhiana, elections for which were held on June 10. The SAD-BJP combine had bagged 39 seats as compared to 17 of the Congress.
A large number of these councillors are first-timers, and are thus gung-ho about projects that would improve living conditions in their wards. Many Independents too have won this time and are enthusiastic to carry out developmental work in their areas.
They said ensuring proper metalled roads would be a priority for them since these make or mar an area. Another problem area that councillors would like to address at the earliest is ensuring clean drinking water for area residents.
Kamaljit Singh Karwal, who earlier emerged victorious from ward number 66 but was elected from ward number 45 this time as Akali Dal candidate, admitted that the condition of roads in his ward was "deplorable".
"There are many areas in my ward where there are no roads and a lot of work needs to be done there," said Karwal.
Inadequate and non-functioning streetlights and lack of proper drainage of rainwater and resultant accumulation of water on roads in many areas is another problem faced by city residents.
The term of the present MC House would expire on September 9, on which the oath ceremony is likely to be held for new councillors.
Renu Sharma of the BJP, who won from ward number 29, sounded quite enthusiastic about beautification of her ward. "There are many parks in my area that require proper upkeep. A garbage dump has become a nuisance for area residents, which needs to be removed at the earliest," she said.
She further said that she would also demand purchase of generators for tube wells whenever the meeting of MC was held.
Amrik Singh, an Independent councillor from ward number 34, admitted that drinking water problem haunted residents of his area. "There are many areas where drinking water gets contaminated by seepage that leads to health problems for residents. This problem will be resolved once I take oath," said Amrik Singh.