Expressing unhappiness over the poor civic condition in city colonies, the minister of state for external affairs, Preneet Kaur not only blasted the tall claims of development of Punjab government but also grilled officials, who were not paying heed to the genuine problems of the residents.
The minister undertook a round of various slum colonies located in Patiala city and interacted with a cross-section of residents regarding the problems they were experiencing.
She visited Krishna Basti, Bhim Nagar, Baba Bir Singh Dhir Singh Colony, Sanjay Colony, Abbu Shah Colony, Rori Kut Colony, Sanjay Colony near Sanouri Adda, Ghumaran Wala Mohalla, Dharam Nagar, Chhota Raen Majra, Ranghey Shah Colony, Pathak Vihar and Sheesh Mahal Colony.
The residents apprised the minister of their difficulties in the absence of basic amenities. Apart from individual grievances, the residents brought to her notice the local administration failure to provide them drinking water and sewerage disposal facility. The streets and drains were in bad shape.
They mentioned that there was hardly any day when the sewerage disposal facility did not get choked. Due to this locality conditions became a hell.
From different sites, the minister telephoned the commissioner, municipal corporation, Patiala, more than once, and asked him to ensure that corrective measures were taken in a time-bound manner.
The minister also spoke to the Chairman of the Punjab State Power Corporation, to acquaint him with the complaint about excessive electricity bills. This problem was something common in almost all the localities, where inflated electricity bills were received. Some women showed bills amounting to Rs 30,000 for a single family ,which they said was impossible for them to pay.
The minister assured the residents that she would take up the issues with the local administration for an early redressal of their grievances.
The SAD-BJP government is claiming that they are spending huge amounts in the cities for development, but the condition here is so bad that even the basic amenities are lacking. "If the state government is spending a lot of money on development, then, where the funds are going? At least provide them clean potable water, proper sewerge facility and roads. People don't expect Paris from you", she said adding that the MC had badly failed to maintain the city.