Claiming that the state government's proposal to disband the Patiala Development Authority (PDA) and merge it with Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) was likely to greatly inconvenience city residents, as they would have to visit SAS Nagar even for routine works, residents have decided to move court against the decision.
At a recent meeting of the executive body of all welfare Associations of Phases 1, 2 and 3 of Urban Estate, a unanimous resolution to move court has been passed.
Coordination Committee president RS Bhinder claimed, "The PDA was the first authority of its kind formed by the Congress government and was meant to ensure systematic and planned development of Patiala city and its surrounding areas. Later, SAD-BJP govt. extended its jurisdiction to Rajpura and to Sangrur and Barnala. This was done to facilitate movement of money generated through the sale of prime properties of Patiala outside Patiala."
He alleged that over the last eight years, the state government had not allowed a single scheme to be floated by the PDA.
"This is even as a number of government properties have been sold in Patiala, but the proceeds have not been invested in improving the city's infrastructure. This is injustice with the city," he added.
Members of the body added that at a time when Patiala was tipped to be covered under a Smart City project, doing away with PDA made no sense. "The PDA needs to be strengthened and it needs to execute more plans."
The issue has been in the rumblings for long, with the welfare associations having submitted a memorandum against the disbanding of the PDA to the elected representatives of the Patiala district.
The resolution passed at the welfare associations' meetings also called for taking several other peaceful steps to ensure that the PDA was not disbanded.