Declared as the first ‘model ward’ of Punjab by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria in March, work is finally set to begin in ward number 56 covering areas such as Gurdev Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, Jagjit Nagar etc.
Approximately Rs 15-16 crore has been estimated for the project, claimed area councillor Bhupinder Singh Bhinda from the Akali Dal. He added that “estimates will be passed soon and work will start on the model ward”.
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Residents are also contributing Rs 10-12 lakh for the development of an old triangular park in Gurdev Nagar where a modern irrigation system including sprinklers, a sports corner including a tennis court, new plantation, rides and swings for children, grass beds, a water body, upgradation of a jogging path, installation of LED lights etc have been included.
Also, 4.5 acres near Deepak Hospital from where MC shifted slum dwellers to new flats in Giaspura few months back, will be developed as Leisure Valley-part 2, said Bhinda.
“For the development of the triangular park, residents are contributing themselves, which is a great step to increase the greenery in the area. Other civic works will be funded by the MC,” said Bhinda, adding that an underground dump, a first-of-its-kind, in Ludhiana will be developed make the ward garbage-free. He added that beautification of the Sarabha Nagar main market and re-numbering of homes in Gurdev Nagar, among others, have also been included in project.
Arun Sharma, a resident of the ward, said, “Residents, along with councillors, are working to make ward number 56 a model ward in the true sense of the term. Close to Rs 8 lakh has already been collected. Also, work on the new irrigation system has started.”