Troubled by sewerage overflow, EWS colony residents protest

Ward no 7 : Mayor’s effigy burnt; MLA-councillor play blame game

Ludhiana | Published: February 17, 2014 5:22:15 am
Colony residents burn effigy of  Mayor Gohalwaria, in Ludhiana, on Sunday.  Gurmeet Singh Colony residents burn effigy of Mayor Gohalwaria, in Ludhiana, on Sunday. Gurmeet Singh

More than six months have passed and the filthy water from sewerage continues to flood the streets of the EWS colony in ward number 7. Residents of the colony continue to suffer from various health problems like skin diseases, cholera, diarrhoea and stomach ailments due to the contaminated water, unclean surroundings and choked sewer lines. Even amid all this, councillors and the MLA of the area continue to prove oneself better than the other.

While Independent councillor Gurpreet Singh Gora and Akali Dal MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon are busy fighting with each other, the residents here are left to pay the price in the form of inhuman living conditions.

On Sunday, the colony residents burnt an effigy of Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, who, according to them, has ‘failed to address a single issue despite repeated appeals and complaints’.

Rajkumar Raju, a resident of the EWS colony told Newsline, “Passing a single day in this colony has become impossible. Foul smell, heaps of garbage dot the streets and residents are suffering from cancer, skin troubles and stomach problems. The councillor blames the Mayor and and MLA, and the MLA blames the councillor. Where should we go?”

A project of cleaning sewer lines with super-suction machines worth Rs 7 lakh has been already passed and work orders issued, but work in practical is yet to begin. The colony has more than 5,000 registered voters but without even the basic facilities.

When contacted, councillor Gurpreet Gora said, “This all is happening because of MLA Dhillon, who claims that he is doing too much for the development of area. I request all who want to see development of Akali government to please visit ward number 7 once. Every single day I contact the SDO and theexecutive engineer of the area but they are just not listening. Why is the work not starting when orders have been already issued? There is another reason behind it. The MLA wants to tarnish my image in front of residents because he knows people support me as their leader.”

Despite repeated attempts, MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon was not available for comments.

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