HT Ludhiana Live - - City/sports - Ludlivedesk@hi­nus­tan­ LUD­HI­ANA:

The shelved project site of mul­ti­pur­pose sta­dium on the Pakhowal Road has be­come an abode for slum-dwellers.

Even though a large part of the sta­dium has been en­croached upon, the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned haven’t taken any ac­tion yet. Peo­ple have en­croached the cer­tain area of the back­yard area of the shelved mul­ti­pur­pose sta­dium on the Pakhowal Road. More­over, peo­ple have ac­cess to elec­tric­ity through il­le­gal con­nec­tions, in­di­cat­ing that the ad­min­is­tra­tion has failed to notice the en­croach­ment. Res­i­dents of Pakhowal Road have al­leged that en­croach­ers in the back­yard of mul­ti­pur­pose sta­dium cre­ate nui­sance late in the night by con­sum­ing liquor. They have also erected a gate on the way, much to the in­con­ve­nience of the area res­i­dents as it has blocked the ac­cess to the street. Women liv­ing in the area are feel­ing trou­bled by the en­crachers’ pres­ence.

Res­i­dents al­leged that even though they have brought the en­croach­ment of the sta­dium to the notice of the Lud­hi­ana mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion and the au­thor­i­ties of the sta­dium, their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. De­spite re­peated at­tempts, of­fi­cials of the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion were not avail­able for the com­ments.

A file photo of Pal­preet Singh Brar prac­tis­ing at the Ludhiana Bas­ket­ball Academy. HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent

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