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Punsup Street residents demand a better road

Residents of Punsup Wali Gali have installed signboards declaring boycott of candidates for forthcoming Municipal Council elections due to neglect of their street by MC authorities. Street residents claim that while interlocked tiles or pre-mix carpet has been laid in all street of ward no. 21, their street has been meted with step-motherly treatment.

punjab Updated: Nov 22, 2013 12:08 IST
BB Goyal

Residents of Punsup Wali Gali have installed signboards declaring boycott of candidates for forthcoming Municipal Council elections due to neglect of their street by MC authorities.

Street residents claim that while interlocked tiles or pre-mix carpet has been laid in all street of ward no. 21, their street has been meted with step-motherly treatment. Residents alleged that no heed had been paid even to repair the road. This ward has 14 streets and remaining all streets have proper roads.

Raghbir Parkash, a BJP leader, alleged that while Paramjit Singh Dhillon got 5 kilometers road constructed for a few houses in his own colony situated on outskirts of city when he was MC President, Punsup Street remained neglected though it is in the middle of city.

Parkash claimed that the ward could not get his due share of development expenditure since its Municipal Councillor belonged to another ward. But Municipal Councillor (now ex-MC) Rajneesh Goyal Bhola, belonging to Congress, vehemently denied it saying that his ward got Rs 1.5 crore for development work during his tenure as MC whereas all other wards mostly did not cross Rs 1 crore.

Bhola claimed that MC did not award any work for first two and a half years of his term since MC president belonged to Shiromani Akali Dal. However, when he created scene on this issue in the Councillors meeting, only then MC started to pour funds for his ward. He added he sequentially developed the streets of his ward and this street came at tail end, when funds of MC dried up.

A urinal in the street without proper covering was situated in the street, which was recently got demolished at the behest of Parkash. However, another resident Hukam Chand said, "It is more troublesome as people urinate in open now. Women cannot walk comfortably in the street."

Vivek Goyal, a resident said, "Government offices such as Punjab Agro Foodgrain Corporation and two offices of Punsup are situated in this street. A private school has a big garage in our street. The street is one of the connecting streets between Rambagh Road and KC Road. But the road is really in bad shape in our street."

MC Executive Officer evaded response saying that he was in meeting. SDM-cum-MC Administrator Amandeep Bansal said, "There is no point of discrimination for this street. Paucity of funds in Municipal Council is forcing us to delay various projects. MC has overdue liabilities to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore."

Raghbir Parkash claimed that laying of pre-mix in the street at a cost of Rs 9.50 lakhs would start soon.