Jalalabad had high hopes for its future after deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal was elected as the MLA from here. However, the situation of the constituency is no better than countless others in the state.
Sewerage system and streetlights are still a luxury for its residents. After winning the by-election from here in May 2009, Sukhbir pumped in money into development in the constituency. The sewerage system in the town was revamped a few years ago.
However, there were problems galore with the conception and implementation of the plan with the population base for the project being taken as very low, ensuring that the project was defunct and became operationally defunct as soon as it became operational, with blocked sewerage systems a daily affair.
Dashmesh Nagar and Gandhi Nagar are the worst-affected areas in the town. Streetlights that were installed in the initial euphoria of the Sukhbir's victory have again become defunct due to maintenance and repair, with the area getting dark.
"If the constituency represented by deputy chief minister Punjab is crying for civic amenities, the fate of other areas of the state can be well-imagined," commented Hans Raj Jossan, former minister and a Congress leader.
"It is true that funds have been spent by the SAD-BJP government at Jalalabad on development. However, the quality of work done has left a lot to be desired. The residents are thus again deprived for basic amenities," said Pawan Aggarwal, a local businessman.
"There should be special mechanism to check the quality work being done in the area," said Vikas Watts, a local native.
"All complaints regarding the sewerage system are resolved promptly. No one has ever approached with problems of sewerage in Dashmesh Nagar and Gandhi. Still, I will look into the matter and resolve the issue," said Jalalabad SDM Paramjit Singh.
It is interesting that most streetlights in the area were illuminated ten days ago, while hosting matches of the World Cup Kabaddi. So, it remains to be seen now that the tournament is over, how much longer the streets of deputy CM's constituency remain illuminated for the common man. Maintenance could be the key here.