More than 2,000 residents of Multani Nagar, ward number 39, have been suffering a lot because of the non-completion of the street and sewerage project.
All streets in the ward are in a miserable condition as they have not been repaired after they were dug up to lay sewerage pipelines. In street number 16, manholes are 2.5 feet higher than the level of the street as the street's level is yet to be raised. The construction of the street was abandoned more than 9 months ago and the project remains suspended.
There is also no proper supply of drinking water as well.
Since the sewerage system is not functioning, the waste water of houses of the locality is flows into empty plots in the locality and water remains stagnant for days together which becomes the reason of breeding of mosquitoes and flies and spread of diseases.
The condition of street number 14 is even worse with the level of manholes quite high. However, residents had used bags full of soil to raise the level of the street , but the recent rain in the city has turned the street into a pond of mud making the movement of the people difficult.
People's pleas to remedy the situation have fallen on deaf ears.
No one in the administration seems to be bothered about their plight, rued the residents.
Mohan Lal Jhumba, president of the district unit of the Congress, said, "In fact, private colonisers are responsible for lack of facilities in the localities. They sell plots making fake promises of ensuring all facilities and wrongly claim of PUDA approval. The government needs to take a strong action against them."
Jagir Singh, a resident of Multani Nagar, said, "We are living in the native city of the chief minister. It is sad that the CM of the state can't make his own city a better place to live in. The local authorities are doing nothing. I have never seen the ward member of the MC coming here to see the situation."
Babu Singh, a resident, said, "Every time when some problem occurs, we have to spend from our own pockets. The government is doing nothing for us."
Vinay, a labourer, said, "With this bad condition, it seems that our colony is not on the map of Bathinda district."
Ashwani Kansal (SDO Bathinda), Jagdev Singh (XEN Div 2), Ravi Kumar (JE) declined to say anything about the fate of the sewerage project.
Dalwinder Singh, commissioner, municipal corporation, said, "These kinds of projects take a long time and the work is stopped in between due to bad weather. We are really concerned about the condition of the localities and once the rainy season will be over we'll start the work again."
On the suspension of the project 9 months ago, he said, "There will be some specific reason for the delay in the project which I don't know. I'll ask the authorities about that."