NURMAHAL
The ongoing Rs`24.4-crore project for laying sewerage pipelines has yet to be completed and commissioned even after 8 years.
The project, started by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (Glada) and allotted to private agencies is going on at snail’s pace. As per schedule, the project was to be completed in nine months.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had laid the foundation of the project on February 11, 2011. Under the scheme, the main sewerage pipelines of km length and branch lines of 31 km in length were to be laid down in the entire town for the drainage of sewage to one place.
Glada executive engineer Tarun Aggarwal said the main reason behind non-completion of the work was some councillors’ opposition to lying of pipelines. He said most work has been completed and pipelines have been tested and remaining work would be completed within two months.
Nagar council (NC) president Jagat Mohan Sharma said sewerage project has not been completed and about 10 percent area is without sewerage and some sewerage lines are yet to be connected to main lines .He said that executive officer has recently written to Glada executive engineer to complete sewerage project at the earliest and hand over to the NC so that connections could be released to residents. He said that NC has released more than 122 sewerage connections but due to non completion of project NC has not issued letters to residents for making sewerage connections operational.