Tribune press service
Ludhiana, December 25
The Municipal Corporation (MC) failed to resolve issues related to solid waste, illegal construction, overloading parking lots, dumping untreated dairy waste into Buddha Nullah, etc., this year as well.
Commuters had to suffer because of poor roads. Ahead of the elections, road works are underway during the winter season.
The problem of sewage overflow in Dhandari, Giaspura and several other regions remains unresolved. Waterlogging has been observed in many areas during the monsoon season. However, the MC laid stormwater drainage pipes near the clock tower and commissioned an old drain near Dholewal to address the problem of waterlogging in these areas.
The MC has opened his Burj Pawat shed for around 150 head of stray cattle, but has failed to make arrangements for the hundreds of additional stray cattle that still roam the city’s roads.
Building collapse tragedy: In April, five people were killed and several others were injured when the roof of an auto parts factory in Baba Mukand Singh Nagar collapsed. The roof slab on the top floor of the Jasmail Singh and Sons auto parts manufacturing unit was lifted using jacks without any permission from the MC.
In August, at least 10 people, including two children, were injured when a dangerous RT Woolen Mill multi-storey building on RK Road collapsed. The role of the MC was under scanner after these incidents.
Ignored waste treatment: After the private company A2Z group ended its services in February, the MC took no action to ensure the treatment of waste at its main landfill near the village of Kakka. Even he failed to deal with the legacy waste. In July, the PPCB imposed environmental compensation of Rs 1.8 crore on Ludhiana MC for violating the solid waste management rules of 2016. Opposition parties also raised questions after the MC handed over to a private company the work of collecting waste from secondary collections. without tendering.
Bad show at Swachh Survekshan: With the MC failing to improve his performance, Ludhiana slipped to 39th out of 48 cities (population category above 10 lakh) in the Swachh Survekshan-2021. The city ranked 7th out of 13 cities in the state. The city ranked 34th out of 47 cities in the Swachh Survekshan-2020.
Frequent landslides in the road: Two students (siblings) riding an Activa scooter fell into a crater as much of the road collapsed in Deep Nagar in October. The old brick sewer line at the MC had been damaged there. In addition, collapses have occurred this year in Phase II of the Urban Estate in Dugri, Ishmeet Singh Road, Clock Tower Road and other parts of the city, as no lessons have been learned from the past to avoid such incidents.
Controversies on Smart City Mission projects: Opposition parties have raised questions about various Smart City Mission projects. The Pakhowal Road ROB / RUBs project missed the deadline. Raising questions about the design and planning of the Smart Street project on Malhar Road, traders accused authorities of reducing the width of the road, causing traffic jams. The modernization of the Sarabha Nagar project is still incomplete because many cables have not been laid underground.
In July, the MC carcass utilization factory near Noorpur Bet could not be opened due to protests from villagers.
Buddha Nullah overflowed: As the riverbanks were not reinforced, Buddha Nullah overflowed in front of the Peeru Banda area in September as heavy rains hit the city. The polluted water had spilled into neighboring fields. Buddha Nullah had overflowed several times in the past but no concrete measures were taken to prevent the flooding.
Rejuvenation of Buddha Nullah: The much anticipated Buddha Nullah Rejuvenation Project was launched this year. The Local Government Department has formed the monitoring committee, headed by the head of MC, for the project which is to be completed within two years of launch.
Animal birth control: The new building of the MC’s Animal Birth Control Center was inaugurated this year. According to officials, the center was developed at a cost of almost Rs 1 crore. The center has a preparation room, a sterilization room, an operating room, 22 kennels, including six pre and 16 postoperative.
Equipment purchased for Fire Wing: As part of the Smart City mission, new firefighting equipment worth Rs 3.28 crore was purchased to bolster the fire services in Ludhiana. High tech equipment including new mini fire pumps, emergency lights, life detectors, battery operated combo tools, thermal cameras, aluminum fire fighting suits, etc., have been purchased.
Land finalized for wastewater treatment plant: For the next 24/7 surface water supply project, the MC has purchased land to install the 580 MLD water treatment plant in the village of Bilga. The project is funded by the World Bank. The civic body has been planning the project for a long time.
Humanity act: When the parents of those people who had succumbed to the coronavirus refused or were unable to perform the last rites in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis this year, the municipality’s Covid cremation management cell had provided the last dignified rites deaths this year. A group of about 10 youth and MC officials performed the last rites of the deceased.