Patiala Municipal Corporation: Miserly or unconcerned?

  • Harinder Singh, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2015 21:48 IST
Dangling danger: A streetlight pole installed on the parapet situated on the Rajbaha road posing a threat to commuters in Patiala. (Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

The city municipal corporation seems to have no idea about the mess the city is in. Or is it?

The Patiala municipal corporation earned Rs 9.53 crore this year from property tax alone, but has yet to give a dime back to the residents in the form of facilities. At present, the city lacks everything from good roads to traffic lights to street lighting.

“The Patiala municipal corporation seems interested only in collecting taxes from the residents, but failed to provide even basic facilities,” said Naveen Sharma, a local resident.

Local residents accused the civic body of not paying enough attention to the problems they face. Bad roads, they said, have been causing accidents and defunct traffic signals have been adding to woes, particularly on flyover 21.

Safety railings on roads, damaged due to accidents in the past, have not been repaired till date, causing problems to drivers. And reflectors that went missing a long time ago have not been replaced.

Moreover, dysfunctional street lights make the city haunted at night amid rising concerns over crime.

“The infrastructure is in a shambles for the last many years. I have not seen streetlights functional for a year now. We face a lot of problems while travelling,” another resident Deepak Batish said.

Gurpreet Cheema, a resident of Urban Estate, said the promises made by political leaders were never kept. “Every time leaders promise that the city would be renovated very soon, but that never happened.”

Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj said the matter had been taken up with the concerned departments and the problems will be sorted out soon.

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