By Anjali Singh Deswal-
BATHINDA: Municipal Corporation of Bathinda will take a loan from HUDCO for ensuring regular drinking water facility and better sewerage facilities to the residents.
Despite some protest from Congress councilors in the house meeting of the MC, the proposal has been passed and the way for taking a loan has been cleared. The loan will be paid back with the VAT fund being given to the MC by the government. According to the MC, this loan might not put any burden on the people but the VAT fund being given to the MC will get affected.
According to the plan prepared by Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Rs 60 crore will be spent on the sewerage on the Sirhind canal, for putting sewerage on Bikaner Railway back-street and Dabwali Road, Rs 28 crore will be used and Rs 11.75 crore will be spent on putting sewerage in other areas of the city. Along with this, for ensuring water, Rs 6.12 crore will be used for Gyani Zail Singh Engineering College Water Works, Rs 1 crore for the Growth Centre, Rs 1.59 crore will be spent on Desraj Elementary School, Rs 14.09 crore for the Bhagu Road Water Works and Rs 6.92 crore for distribution lines of the city.
Under a plan of Rs 1.5 crore, the MC is taking a loan of Rs 100 crores from HUDCO for development of the city and this has been passed. On this occasion, mayor Baljeet Singh Beer Behman, Uma Shankar Gupta, commissioner MC, deputy mayor Gurinderpal Kaur Mangat and other officials were also present.
Apart from this, the house also passed the license fees proposal. Iqbal Singh Babli, councilor from Congress talked about the burden this loan will put on people, but due to sheer majority, the proposal was passed. The MC commissioner spoke about the various benefits this loan will get for the city.
Shakuntla Devi, councilor from ward number 46 was in tears in the house while she complained about sewerage not being installed in her area and gave a dharna also. She stated that the work for putting sewerage had started but it was stopped after making a manhole. She complained that she had apprised officials about this before also but no attention has been paid to her yet, stating that the house only give assurances but does not work. The mayor and MC commissioner assured her that sewerage will be installed within a month and a half and she ended her dharna on this.
As soon as the house meeting started, councilors started putting forward their problems, amidst this, water problems were the main focus. Concerned officials gave instructions on this. Councilor Khem Singh Makkar stated that everyone is playing a game, adding that higher-ups only pass orders to juniors and they again put the matter on higher-ups. This was agreed to by all councilors present in the house.