Ludhiana: If you come to Ludhiana after a long time you will find a change and witness a well developed and beautiful city. However in reality it is only cosmetic development in the so called smart city Ludhiana.
In last one year, the city has been given a different look and several crores have been spent on beautifications of roads, roundabouts and flyovers on main roads. The private firms were also roped in for the beautification of city. Interestingly the major and real problems of the city are still prevalent in on old city areas which have been completely sidelined.
In Atam Nagar and Ludhiana South constituency the residents and political opponents of sitting MLA claimed that no development has been done as both Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains MLA’s from area are busy in getting publicity.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Meetpal Singh Dugri maintained that MLA of their constituency are worried about issues of the state and nation but ignored the development of their own constituency. The roads are crying for repair, people are getting contaminated water.
District congress president Gurpreet Bassi Gogi said that apart from painting walls of flyover, installation of reflectors, and beautification of roundabouts with the help of private companies nothing has been done in the city. Several crores were spend on consultation companies but the funds allocated by union government for Smart city have been totally wasted.
The major need in city is of street vendor policy which will solve the problem of encroachments and traffic but the city body is hardly bothered about it. The projects reports for Metro, Rapid Bus Transport System was made by companies after charging several crores but all the projects now stand scrapped, said Gogi.
The important issues which need utmost attention are cleaning and covering of Buddha Nullah. However Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has announced to allocate Rs 530 crores for covering Buddha Nullah but the project is yet to start. A large quantity of weed and waste is seen floating in Buddha Nullah.
During monsoons entire city roads turn into rivers. Another major problem that affects city is traffic menace mainly in Ghumar Mandi, Field Ganj, Lakkad bazaar and the reason behind the traffic is encroachment.
It is pertinent to mention here that under Smart city only few areas of Ludhiana West constituency was covered but the main areas of Ludhiana central, North and East constituencies were crying for development.
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