The Ludhiana Improvement Trust has failed to recover more than Rs 47 lakh pending with the residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar,reveals the response received to an application filed under the RTI Act.
Not only this,but as per the response to the RTI application filed by SBS Nagar resident Arvind Sharma,92 illegal connections have been working for 15 years.
Sharma had,in his RTI application dated April 29,asked for the names of employees who were responsible for the recovery of pending amount but LIT also failed to provide the names and tried to cover up the matter,replying employees are transferred frequently.
As per the information given by LIT,a whopping amount of Rs 47.32 lakh is pending with residents. Out of this,a maximum of Rs 30.53 lakh are pending in blocks C,D,E,F,G and H of the colony. Another Rs 13.61 lakh have not been paid by the residents of six-storey HOUSEFED flats in E block.
A sum of Rs 3.18 lakh is pending against Kabir Society in F-block. In F-block,the maximum number of 56 connections are working illegally while 20 such connections are in G-block.
LIT has to pay annual maintenance charges of approximately Rs 1.50 crore to sewerage board and many times the board has issued warnings to residents of disconnecting their connections if LIT fails to pay the amount.
Because of the callousness of LIT which fails to recover amount from defaulters,why should we pay the price? What if our connections get disconnected even after paying the fee, says Sharma.
When contacted,Sukhbir Jakhar,superintendent engineer,LIT,said: As per rules,we have to disconnect connections of defaulters after issuing notices but we acted a bit soft but now negotiations are on with flat residents and they have promised to pay the amount in a few days. Bills of sewerage board are too cleared till March. We are trying to make fast recoveries.