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Residents harried as GLADA fails to start work

punjab Updated: Dec 18, 2014 13:29 IST
Harshraj Singh
Harshraj Singh
Hindustan Times
Ludhiana

Residents are a harried lot as the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has failed to start construction on around 1.5-km stretch from Dhandran Road to railway lines (140-foot road) under Missing Link 2.

The tenders for this road were floated in the past, but five years have passed and work was never started, as tenders were cancelled due to technical reasons.

After raising the matter with the authorities several times and getting no results, a group of residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar and others on Wednesday staged a protest against officials concerned at the GLADA office demanding construction of stretch under Missing Link 2. The Missing Link 1 was completed earlier by the GLADA.

Earlier, the GLADA had acquired the land for this stretch by spending more than ` 200 crore and demolishing 100 houses to construct this bypass that will pass through Gill village. But, GLADA could not start work on Gill village side, as the case was sub-judice in Supreme Court.

Sarabjit Singh Kochhar, a resident-cum-leader of Shiromani Akali Dal, said, “We have been requesting the GLADA authorities since long to complete the construction of this stretch. They floated tenders twice, but the work was not commenced.”

“Snatching incidents are also increasing on this unconstructed road that lacks streetlights too. Schoolchildren are also suffering. The condition becomes worst during rains,” he said.

Another resident, Sanjay Tewari, said, “Mishaps commonly happen on this unconstructed stretch. GLADA can construct the road up to railway lines, but the officials were not listening to our voice.”

When contacted, GLADA’s additional chief administrator Kuldeep Singh Vaid said, “I assure the residents that the construction work will be started within 50 days.”

He told this bypass would lead to Sidhwan Canal via Gill, adding that the Missing Link 1 was completed earlier. According to the sources, the estimate cost would be around Rs 15 crore for construction of 1.5-km stretch.

The tenders for this road were floated in the past, but five years have passed and work was never started, as tenders were cancelled due to technical reasons.

After raising the matter with the authorities several times and getting no results, a group of residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar and others on Wednesday staged a protest against officials concerned at the GLADA office demanding construction of stretch under Missing Link 2. The Missing Link 1 was completed earlier by the GLADA.

Earlier, the GLADA had acquired the land for this stretch by spending more than Rs 200 crore and demolishing 100 houses to construct this bypass that will pass through Gill village. But, GLADA could not start work on Gill village side, as the case was sub-judice in Supreme Court.

Sarabjit Singh Kochhar, a resident-cum-leader of Shiromani Akali Dal, said, “We have been requesting the GLADA authorities since long to complete the construction of this stretch. They floated tenders twice, but the work was not commenced.”

“Snatching incidents are also increasing on this unconstructed road that lacks streetlights too. Schoolchildren are also suffering. The condition becomes worst during rains,” he said.

Another resident, Sanjay Tewari, said, “Mishaps commonly happen on this unconstructed stretch. GLADA can construct the road up to railway lines, but the officials were not listening to our voice.”

When contacted, GLADA’s additional chief administrator Kuldeep Singh Vaid said, “I assure the residents that the construction work will be started within 50 days.”

He told this bypass would lead to Sidhwan Canal via Gill, adding that the Missing Link 1 was completed earlier. According to the sources, the estimate cost would be around Rs 15 crore for construction of 1.5-km stretch.