Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, August 8
A dirty pond in Gujjarwal village has become an eyesore for villagers as no repair or cleaning work has been undertaken for over a year.
At the time of Lok Sabha elections and Dakha bypoll, residents were assured by aspiring candidates that they would get the pond cleaned if they win the elections. But, no steps have been taken by the elected representatives or authorities concerned in this regard.
The villagers have urged the authorities concerned to ensure cleaning of the pond at the earliest. The waste water from the village gets collected in the pond and stinks badly, said villagers.
A villager said, “At the time of General Elections we were assured by the winning candidate that the pond will be cleaned but nothing has been done till date. When Dakha byelection was held in October last year, we had once again raised the demand but to no avail. Even the department concerned failed to pay attention towards the poor condition of the pond.”
Harnek Singh, a village resident said, “The pond has not been cleaned despite our repeated demands. The dirty water has become a source of various vector-borne diseases. The administration must take steps to find out a permanent solution of the problem as the villagers are suffering a lot for a long time.”
Gurinder Kaur, a villager, said, “We don’t know where the funds, if any released by the government, are being spent as the pond located has not been cleaned for a long time.”
When contacted Ludhiana DDPO Peeyush Chander said, “Nobody has brought this matter in my notice. The villagers can write to us and we will get the pond cleaned.”
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