We pay taxes, can we have better roads, ask Focal Point industrialists

Roads with big potholes are a common site in all the eight phases Focal Point.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: March 13, 2015 4:44 am

The industrialists of Focal Point phase 4 have voiced their concern about the problems they face in their locality and asked the municipal corporation officers a pointed query: when we pay taxes, why can’t we have better roads?

On Wednesday, the industrialists had invited the MC officers to the annual general meeting of the Focal Point Industrial Association, phase 4, where this issue was raised. The MC officers stated that a detailed project report in this connection was in the process of finalisation.

Admitting that they were short of funds for repair works, they said fund crunch had become an important reason for delayed or no development in the city in the past as well.

Rajan Gupta, who was chosen as president of the association for two years, said, “The storm sewer work in our area started in 2011 with a total cost of Rs 2.08 crore. Out of this, work of only one crore had been done. Incomplete work can be seen in the area. If it is not completed, the money spent will go waste.”

Roads with big potholes are a common site in Focal Point (in all the eight phases) and the recent rainfall further increased the potholes, he added.

The industrialists stated that they were paying property tax, water and sewer charges, octroi on electricity and many other charges to the municipal corporation and in return were not getting good services.

They complained that power supply was erratic, especially coming from 11kv Kundan tv feeder, 11KV Nick India feeder, Jashan feeder and so on. They experienced power cuts as and when the power corporation wanted.

Kamlesh Bansal, zonal commissioner from the municipal corporation, was present on the spot. “We have made the DPR regarding the works to be done in the area and are waiting for the Central funds under micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) department’s scheme. Once the funds are received, work will start soon.”

Among the other problems highlighted by the industrialists were waterlogging. They said rain drains had not been made along most of the roads, due to which rainwater gathered on the road. The MC officials have never booked any contractor for not making rain drains which could help in re-charging the rainwater.

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