Lit-sew­er­age dept tus­sle hits res­i­dents

Sew­er­age dept an­nounces sus­pen­sion of wa­ter sup­ply to SBS Na­gar

HT Ludhiana Live - - City - Divya Goyal ludlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

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.

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