But 20 posts are already lying vacant.
Severe shortage of engineers in the operation and maintenance (O&M) cell of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation,the cell which looks after the complete water supply,sewerage,storm water,tubewells maintenance in the city,has finally caught the attention of the authorities as the civic body has proposed creation of 74 new posts of engineers at various levels,including maximum 54 posts of junior engineers.
Significantly,20 posts of junior engineers in O&M cell out of the total 22 sanctioned posts are already lying vacant which means that at present there are only two junior engineers looking after the work of the whole city. Similarly,the major post of one chief engineer of O&M cell is also lying vacant along with one post of superintendent engineer which too is yet to be filled.
The pathetic condition of sewerage in various parts of the city,especially the old city,was the highlight of the MC house meeting held on March 12 where more than 15 councillors raised the issue of poor sewerage maintenance and incomplete sewerage works in their areas. As per the official memo note of O& M cell a copy of the memo is with Ludhiana Newsline while six posts of executive engineers are filled,four out of 12 sanctioned posts of assistant engineers too are vacant.
This takes the total of unfilled posts of engineers in O&M cell to 26 out of the total 42 sanctioned posts.
However,now as per the new budget,there is a proposal for creation of 74 new posts of engineers which comprise 54 for junior engineers,two for superintendent engineers and 18 for assistant engineers.
We are always criticised for poor maintenance of sewerage in city,and people blame us for not working as per schedule and delays but I want to ask how can MC expect us to handle complaints from the whole city in a single day with such severe staff crunch? We are overburdened with too much work than our official responsibility, said one of the engineers on condition of anonymity.
Balwinder Singh,executive engineer,O&M cell,said,We are planning to fill the posts soon but no exact deadline has been set.