Express News Service
Punjab Pradesh Congress today staged a protest in front of Notified Area Committee (NAC) office in Naya Gaon on Friday against Punjab government’s inaction to regularize area plans of residential property and provide water and electricity in commercial property.
Led by Congress MLA Jagmohan Singh Kang of Kharar constituency,residents and party workers staged a peaceful dharna calling to the government to meet their demands. On October 18,2006,Naya Gaon NAC was formed for the overall development of the area under our government. In 2007,the BJP-SAD government came into power. It has been six years from then,still there have been no signs of development, said Kang.
Supporting the local traders,municipal councilor of Naya Gaon Gurdhian Singh said,Shopkeepers are facing a lot of problems as the government is not allowing electricity and water connections to be commercialized.
Virender Kumar,a shop owner in Naya Gaon,said. I have not been able to run my business properly as my shops have been closed since the year 2000. The Chief Minister gave us an assurance that out problems would be heard and action would would be taken but nothing has come out of it yet.
Criticizing the government,Shakuntala Devi,a resident of Naya Gaon said,There has been no proper mechanism of drainage and sewage system by the government. Moreover,no sweeper has been appointed for the cleanliness of the area.
Agreed Kang,There is a big problem of lack of water,proper street lighting and broken roads. About four months ago,we went to Parkash Singh Badal’s house and demanded funds allocated for our constituency from the revenue generated from VAT by the government. We are receiving Rs. 1.25 crore per month from there but will file a public interest litigation in court to get the remaining Rs. 90 crore which has been in the backlog since 2007.
Another problem that residents face is demolition drive on the construction of houses by the people if the government does not approve the area plans in time. We are planning to gherao the CM’s house if our demands are not met within a month, added Kang.