The Faridkot district is still waiting for funds over Rs 200 crore for the upgradation and laying of a new sewerage system in its three towns-Faridkot, Kotkapura and Jaitu.
The foundation stones for the projects under UIDSSM( Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium towns), a scheme mainly funded by the central government, were laid by deputy chief minister
Sukhbir Singh Badal on February 26 this year just ahead of the parliament elections.
However, work could not be started due to lack of funds.
"Kotkapura town has a 35-year-old sewerage system which is insufficient. The population of the town has grown over the decades without any upgradation of the system. Many wards of the town on the west side of the railway line are built on low-lying areas because of which water accumulates in the houses of the residents. The old sewerage system is also flawed because it is against the natural slope of the earth," alleged Gurbir Singh Sandhu, a Congress leader from Kotkapura.
The situation in Faridkot town is no better. Many parts of the town do not have a sewerage system as there was no expansion or upgradation of the existing system.
"The deputy chief minister had laid the foundation stone in February only to win the hearts of the aggrieved public. No funds have been provided for the projects. Harindra Nagar, which is a very old posh locality of the town, is still without a sewerage system. An open nullah, which carries the waste water of the town, makes the area stink," said Gurdit Singh Sekhon, a resident of Faridkot town.
Now, when the elections of municipal committees are impending, the government has reportedly allotted `50 lakh each to Jaitu and Faridkot town and Rs 1.52 crore to Kotkapura to save face.
Mohammad Tayyab, Faridkot deputy commissioner, said the funds for the sewerage projects in the district had not reached before.
Baljeet Singh, sub-divisional engineer of the water supply and sewerage board sub division at Moga said funds were still awaited for the sewerage projects in Faridkot. "Work will start as soon as we get funds," he said.