The work on the project to cover Ganda Nullah has lost its pace due to the paucity of funds with the municipal corporation (MC), which has failed to pay pending dues to the contractor. The estimated cost for the project was Rs 21.77 crore.
Residents here have no sigh of relief from unhygienic conditions in the areas along the nullah and have written several letters to the Centre and state governments, but in vain. The stink emanating from the nullah has made life of the residents in the areas along the nullah difficult, while they are suffering from various health problems. Besides, the insects and rats are commonly wandering in these areas.
The project was started around four years ago to cover the Ganda Nullah from a place near Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib to Samrala Road and the project was to be completed within 18 months. During the last four years, a small portion of the nullah has been covered.
The residents of New Hargobind Nagar had also written to the Centre in August last year as when the MC authorities had failed to listen their voice. Moreover, the residents of Mohar Singh Nagar, Hargobind Nagar and other areas along the nullah have been suffering for the last many years as the dirty water enters into the streets when nullah overflows during rain.
Moreover, the safety walls have started breaking from various places along the nullah. However, the safety walls that were recently constructed along the nullah, near the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, have also broken. The nullah passes from various wards, including 39, 40, 41 and 42.
“The project was started in 2011. Earlier the work was stalled as the contractor had stopped working due to issue of non-payment of funds. We have shortage of funds that is the reason behind the slow process of work. We are trying our best to cover the nullah as the new deadline is March 31. Now, we have resumed work near Dukhniwaran Sahib Gurdwara”, said RP Gupta, SDO, MC.