Residents of the posh colony, Patiala Development Authority (PDA)-Omaxe city, on the Sirhind road here have installed a cautionary flex board prohibiting the entry of leaders of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance to their colony. The residents have prohibited their entry in protest against the failure of the government to provide them basic amenities.
The flex board reads, ‘Sattadhari Akali-BJP leaderan da iss colony vich dakhla sakht mana hai (The admission of leaders of the ruling Akali-BJP alliance is strictly prohibited).
Members of the PDA Residents Welfare Society said that the decision has been taken in view of the serious difficulties being faced by residents. The residents staged a protest in front of the gate of the colony and also blocked the Sirhind-Patiala road for 10 minutes as an indication of intensification of their protest.
Earlier, residents had a harrowing time as the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) disconnected power connection of streetlights for non-payment of electricity dues amounting to `5 lakh.
About 150 families of professors, doctors and policemen are living here and hundreds of residents have bought plots here to build their dream houses.
Randhir Singh, vice president of the society, said, “The project was inaugurated in 2006 and after the rule of almost 10 years of the Akali-BJP government, the residents have only witnessed the downfall in the state of the colony.”
Sanjeev Goyal, executive member of the society, said, “The decision of the court to pay the liability of enhanced rate of land in compensation to Baran village farmers has been forced on the residents. Nothing has been done for the welfare of the people; residents are lacking basic facilities like roads, parks, and sewerage.”
Despite several attempts, the district president of Shiromani Akali Dal, Randhir Singh Rakhra and halqa in-charge of Patiala rural, Satbir Singh Khatra could not be contacted.
The project, which is spread over 300 acres, was envisaged after the PDA and Delhi-based realty firm Omaxe entered into an agreement in 2006 to set up an integrated township here.
But, the project was caught in controversies after the failure of the private developer to create 5,000 jobs in the information technology (IT) and biotechnology sectors, for which it was given 60 acres of commercial land.
The issue aggravated when the PDA took over Omaxe’s revenue share deposited in the joint account about two years ago and also imposed penalty due to the violation of its commitment on IT jobs.
In the light of this, Omaxe gave up the overall maintenance of the society, forcing the residents to come to streets.