Requisite amenities missing, residents bear the brunt of authorities' apathy

  • Sukhpreet Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 08, 2015 18:30 IST

Residents of Durgapuri and New Tagore Nagar, Haibowal, are a lot harried due to lack of basic amenities in these areas. Residents claimed that waterlogging and broken roads were the major problem in these areas.

Several accidents take place due to broken roads. There are several manholes, which get filled with water during rain, and are not visible due to which vehicles get stuck in them many times.

Area shopkeepers told that during rain, water entered in their shops, and to prevent it from entering they had built small walls one-foot above the ground level. Many times the shopkeepers have to face big losses as products get destroyed due to rain water. They told that the sewerage system in the area was not proper, and area councillors never take initiative to resolve the problems.

Residents told that the roads have not resurfaced for the past ten years, as authorities have no interest our problems. Besides, stray cattle are another problem. Many accidents take place due to stray cattle roaming on the roads.

Residents in New Tagore Nagar told that most of the streetlights in the area were also not in a working condition. Despite several complaints given by the residents to the higher authorities to improve the area situation, no action has been taken.

Traffic snarls is another problem in both the areas as residents of New Tagore Nagar told that there was one hospital on the road, and people used to park vehicles in front of it, leading to traffic snarls.

No action had been taken to improve sewerage system here, residents said. Above all, these dirty conditions were leading to various diseases among the residents.

Residents Speak

I have complained several times to the department concerned regarding non-functional streetlights, but to no avail. Moreover, the road to New Tagore Nagar always remains full of traffic due to vehicles parked on the road in front of the hospital.
Ashok Kumar, resident, New Tagore Nagar

Several accidents take place due to broken roads. These roads have not been resurfaced for the past ten years. Residents have been appealing to the authorities to provide basic necessities such as proper roads, proper sewerage system and streetlights, but nothing has happened yet. Even area councilor doesn'nt take interest in our problems.
Navdeep, commuter

Waterlogging is a major problem in the area. Power cuts also take place often. Residents are suffering due to lack of basic facilities. They can only hope for things to get better.
Sonu, shopkeeper, Durgapuri

Councillor Speak

I have talked to senior officials regarding broken roads and sewerage problem many times. Things are going slow, as there is machinery problem in the sewerage treatment plant. I have also complained regarding this problem and we will get a solution soon.
Hem Raj Aggarwal, councilor, ward number 27

Official Speak

I visited these areas last week and seen the problems. All problems will be resolved soon, as I have directed the officials concerned to take action. A meeting will be held regarding sewerage problem on Monday.
GK Dhaliwal, commissioner, MC

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