Only nine stayed in PWD resthouse at Sunam in 2015, says PWD Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon

Charanjit Singh Channi sought that the post of Lambardar be made hereditary after fixing age and qualification.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:September 10, 2016 2:24 am

It is spread on one acre, 5 kanal, 13 marlas and 6,900 sq metres of land. The total expense on on its construction and infrastructure so far is Rs 23 lakh. Around Rs 92,000 was spent on its maintenance last year alone.

This is the Public Works Department’s rest house at Sunam, which is proving to be a white elephant, where only nine guests stayed in 2015 and a rent of only Rs 1,830 was collected from them.

This is according to a written reply by PWD Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon to the questions submitted by Congress MLA Ajaib Singh Bhatti.

While the said question and answer were announced to be considered tabled and did not come up for discussion in the question hour during the Vidhan Sabha session Friday, the issue pertaining to post of lambardar and link roads saw intense debate during the Question Hour.

CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi sought that the post of Lambardar should be made hereditary after fixing age and qualification.

Responding to this, Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia cited a court order and said the state government had explored all possibilities, including taking advice from advocate general and looking at the arrangement in neighbouring Haryana, but it was legally untenable to make the post hereditary even as Channi said the government can bring in a bill.

Responding to a question by Congress MLA Jagmohan Singh Kang, cabinet minister Tota Singh replied that as many as 58 link roads, having a length of 125.21 km, were due for repair as per the norms. The minister said repair of those roads would be taken up as early as possible depending upon availability of funds.

He said as per latest norms, link roads are to be repaired after every six years. Congress leaders questioned the “development claims” of the government, while alleging that link roads in the state were in bad shape.