Lit-sewerage dept tussle hits residents
Sewerage dept announces suspension of water supply to SBS Nagar
In the late evening hours of Thursday, the residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Pakhowal Road, were in for a nightmare when an auto rickshaw hired by the city sewerage department announced for two hours that the water supply and sewerage system of the colony would be shut down at night.
With no reasons given for the system closure, residents of the colony were a harried lot as they had paid the full maintenance amount to the colony owners — Ludhiana Improvement Trust. After contacting the officials concerned, residents got to know that the announcement was being made because the LIT had not paid maintenance charges to the city sewerage ACTION TAKEN AS TRUST FAILS TO PAY DEPT PENDING BILLS board. Gurtej Singh, junior engineer, sewerage department, who was accompanying the auto driver, confirmed this. He had a similar thing to say to local residents. “I asked the employee of the sewerage board, who was making announcements on the auto rickshaw, and he said that LIT had not paid them the maintenance amount,” RTI activist and a colony resident, Arvind Sharma, said.
“We pay full charges to the authorities then why do we suffer in the tussle between the LIT and sewerage board. It is not our fault,” added Navdeep Sharma, for 2 hours.
Contacted, LIT sub-divisional officer Buta Ram put the blame on sewerage board. “The dues of the sewerage board are pending for the fiscal 2012-13, which is around Rs 40 lakh. But, it is not our mistake, it is the sewerage board, which sent the estimates late, and thus have still not been approved by the government,” he said.
He assured of help to the residents: “But this is not the correct step by the sewerage department. Why should the people suffer?”
LIT superintendent engineer Jasvir Jakhar confirmed this. “Dues are pending from our side and not from the residents’ side. I will contact the sewerage department and won’t let the residents suffer. It is just a misunderstanding,” he said.