Street dug up for sewerage not repaired, people face problems

  • Kétan Gupta, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Oct 13, 2014 21:57 IST

It was in December last year that streets were dug up in Hari Ram Nagar here to lay the sewerage pipelines, but, after the installation of the sewerage system, streets were not repaired and have been turned into pools of water and mud as there is no proper drainage system so that water can be drained out of the streets.

Till December, there was a temporary drainage system in the locality, but in January, the municipal corporation started the work of laying the sewerage pipelines, but, after the completion of the work in three months, the authorities didn't repair or reconstruct the streets again, due to which residents of the locality have been facing a lot of problems.

The residents of the locality say that they think that they were much comfortable without the sewerage system as their normal life has been completely disrupted after that as movement on the streets is very difficult.

People of the area have taken up the issue with the higher authorities, but to no avail.
The shopkeepers in the area rue that their business has been affected a lot due to the bad condition of the streets.

Raj Kumar, a grocery shop owner in a street, said, "Now my shop is visited by the people of the nearby area only, because people of other localities do not come here due to bad condition of the streets.

In a street, while digging the street, a house had lost its support and the front part of the house had fallen, and `50,000 was given to the house owner as compensation, but the owner had to spend more than `1.5 lakh to carry out the repairs.

We moved in this locality in November last year. The first two months were very good business-wise, but since January, we have seen very less number of customers.
Balvir Singh, a shopkeeper

When half of our house fell because of the carelessness of the contractor, they gave us just `50,000, but we have spent more than `1.5 lakh on its repair. We have met many a time to the authorities concerned but no one listens to us."
Kusum Rani, a resident

Officer Speak

We issued a tender for bricklining the streets about 10 days ago, but so far there has been no response to the tender. However, we are trying to make the repair the streets as soon as possible and will do the needful at the earliest.
BD Singla, Superintendent Engineer,
Municipal Corporation

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