Jalandhar : A renowned name and hub of antique furniture Kartarpur (reserve) assembly seat on Jalandhar- Amritsar highway might have scored high on some major development projects but the problem of basic amenities remains the same.
Kartarpur town has got a boost with state- of- the- art Centre of Excellence for Vegetables and recently inaugurated Jang-E-Azadi memorial dedicated to freedom fighters.
While these new achievements are visible, people in Kartarpur raised fingers at the lack of basic amenities i.e. drains, lanes and efficient sewerage system. Almost, all villages in Kartarpur are crying for similar issues, the residents
Another major cause of concern was the slow pace of work on the 20 km stretch from Kartarpur to Dhilwan on Amritsar-Jalandhar National Highway (NH) -1, which left furniture industry and local shopkeepers in the lurch. “The slow pace of work has affected us badly. Traffic jams are an everyday scene while the entire area remains covered with a thick blanket of dust 24X7”, said a group of
“Before, we could approach an ex- SAD MLA Sarwan Singh Phillaur for assistance on major development issues ahead of the assembly elections; he quit the party and joined Congress. Moreover, ever since MLA Phillaur and his son Damanvir’s name emerged in the drugs mafia case, development of our constituency had almost come to a halt”, said a group of villagers from Dayalpur.
At Ballan village, the villagers pointed out that till date the link road to the prominent ‘Dalit Dera Sachkhand Ballan’ was not constructed. “What could be worse than the fact that all leading dalit political leaders from different parties come to pay obeisance at Dera Ballan but the state government could never get a road constructed. Though a police post was set up at the entry of the Dera by the government but no road was made. This shows that how much the government was concerned about the dalits”, said Atam Parkash from Ballan village.
The villagers also raised the issue of ‘administrative access’ to the villagers on the outer of Kartarpur, hence creating trouble for them. “While village maqsudan falls in Kartarpur, it is covered under Lambra police station on the Jalandhar-Nakodar road”, pointed out a villager.
A group of women from Kartarpur urban stretch on highway also pointed out that how unemployment and drugs flow was also a major issue like other towns in the state. “Even though many initiatives were taken but there was a spate in drugs flow in Kartarpur with many youth getting caught by the police too”, they said.
Further, the residents also pointed out that how potable water and the lack of a Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) was a big problem in Kartarpur. “Stagnant water in the drains and village ponds were an eye sore in our constituency”, the villagers added.
It is pertinent to mention here that Kartarpur seat has a sizeable number of Ravidassia and Valmiki votes apart from the Jatt Sikhs and the Hindus. It was the sway of the Ravidassia and the Valmiki votes, which would decide the fate of the candidates fielded here.
Till now, SAD has fielded ex-congress leader Seth Sat Pal Mal from Kartarpur while the AAP went ahead with Punjab Safai Mazdoor Federation president and prominent Valmiki leader Chandan Grewal. The congress and the BSP were yet to announce its candidates.
Sources maintained that the ex-SAD MLA from Phillaur is likely to get a ticket from BSP in Kartarpur. However, BSP Punjab leadership is tight lipped about this development. Meanwhile, rumours of Avinash Chander likely to join Congress were put aside by Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh recently.
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