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Public meeting: From waterlogging to repair of pipelines, residents highlight multiple civic grievances

Municipal commissioner B Purushartha, along with other officials, heard the grievances of the residents. Around 90 complaints were registered.

Residents of Manimjara and MC officers during public grievances meeting at community centre at Modren housing complex, Manimajra in Chandigarh on Monday, April 18 2016. Express photo by Jaipal Singh
Residents of Manimjara and municipal officials during a public grievance meeting in Chandigarh on Monday. Express photo by Jaipal Singh

The issues of waterlogging, contaminated pipelines and need for an overbridge or underbridge on the railway track in Manimajra were raised by residents during a public meeting held by the municipal corporation at Modern Housing Board Complex, Manimajra.

Municipal commissioner B Purushartha, along with other officials, heard the grievances of the residents. Around 90 complaints were registered.

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The residents complained about shortage of drinking water. The need to repair water pipelines was also highlighted. Several areas have parallel pipelines of sewage and water, leading to various waterborne diseases.

Bhavna Grover, a resident of Modern Housing Complex, said: “There is a grave issue of the rain water being blocked in drains. This leads to a foul smell and breeding of mosquitoes. I have complained to the municipal corporation nine days before, but no action has been taken.”

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In response to this, the commissioner said they will look into the matter immediately and the problem will be solved within 15 days.

Various issues being faced by the residents, including the need for clearing construction waste, proper monitoring of the complaints being registered on the municipal corporation website and providing shelters at bus stops, were laid down.

The residents also sought that the problems of lack of parking space and non-functional streetlights should be addressed.

Amrit Dhingra, president, Senior Citizens’ Association at the Modern Housing Complex, said it is essential to provide the senior citizens a community centre for recreational purpose, where talks should be held regularly. He also mentioned the hazards posed by the three mobile towers near the residential areas.

The residents had complained about the lack of cleanliness in Manimajra. It was stated that heaps of garbage are dumped at all the three entrances into the complex.

The residents requested for an adequate garbage disposal system to the municipal corporation.

The Residents’ Welfare Association extended their help to the civic body, stating that they will ensure the smooth functioning of the changes brought forward by the authorities.

Arnav Gursevak, member of RWA, said: “We are willing to help once the corporation makes the necessary changes. It is the duty of the residents to ensure that their efforts do not go in vain.”

He also laid emphasis on the security issues, urging the commissioner to rebuild the community boundary wall.

The commissioner assured the residents that the authorities will look into the matter immediately and most of the problems will be solved within 15 days to three months.

He also asked for public cooperation and asked the residents to make efforts to keep the surroundings clean.

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