Ludhiana Mayor H S Gohalwaria on Sunday said citizens were themselves contributors to as well as victims of their civic woes.
Speaking at an annual flower show organised by the municipal corporation at the Rose Garden, the Mayor appealed to the people to place special attention to water conservation.
“Punjab will go dry if you don’t save water. In the houses upto 125 square yards, there is no water bill, but I have seen the maximum wastage of water inside these houses during my visit in various wards. Let us save water not for us, but for our future generations,” he said.
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He pointed out that the government has been spending on projects to bring water to residents as the ground water level has been reducing fast.
He said that despite the challenges, there is much hope for Ludhiana. He pointed out that the city had risen to the
34th rank in Swachh Bharat campaign.
“We had imposed fines on littering to the tune of Rs 500 for littering. This and many other measures helped us get the rank.”
The Chief Minister’s adviser Maheshinder Singh Grewal said,”In Singapore, you cannot keep more than two cars. One has to pay a heavy fine in case you are found littering. But here cars are a status symbol and we all love to litter by throwing wrappers out of moving cars. It is high time that we get ourselves restricted to number of vehicles first of all and also to contribute equally in case we want to make our city look clean and green.”
Cabinet minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon said, “Before this function, I had gone to the restroom and found that the water tap was running at full speed and there was no one to close it. It really pains to see such wastage.”