The incomplete basement of the city center in Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) Nagar has been submerged under 25 feet of water. Nearby residents are afraid of an epidemic breaking out due to broken sewerage pipes,but the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has its own compulsions. Chairman of LIT,Madan Mohan Vyas said,The matter of the city centre is Sub judice. In principal it is not entirely our property. Still we will be doing something to drain out the water,but my primary concern is to get the sewerage pipes repaired which are bothering the residents.
Vyass statement has raised eyebrows as to whether the water will be drained out from the basement or not because of the ongoing court case of the multi-crore city centre scam. The deep basement of the city centre was the reason for the roads caving in from all the sides of the structure which has cost the LIT Rs 1.16 crores.
However apart from this,the roads which had caved in on August 13 after 40 cm rainfall are yet to be repaired though work is going on. But the major concern is about the leaking sewer pipes. The sewerage water of SBS Nagar block E and G is overflowing in the streets giving off foul smell and the sewerage board has not plugged the fault.
Japnam Singh,one of the resident said,Foul smell comes from outside our house,this can cause an epidemic in the area. More than 10 days have passed and still no relief work has been done in the area. This should have been done within a day.
Vyas said,The repair work of sewer pipes has been given to the sewerage board and we have asked the board to do it quickly. We are ready for any payment they ask. I am really pained to hear that work is still pending,but I assure the residents of the area that by Thursday this problem will be sorted out.
He added,Our team is working fast to repair the damaged roads despite the bad weather .
Residents meanwhile are upset over the Sub judice status of the city centre. Arvind Sharma,one of the resident said,Cleanliness of the area must be maintained,residents should not suffer because of the court case.