LUDHIANA: The decision of MC taking over several colonies from Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (Glada) will be taken up in front of the finance and contracts committee members and after their approval, it will further go to house meeting for final approval. The officials claimed that the F&CC meeting is likely to take place on Monday where this issue will be discussed.

For almost four years, officials were sitting over this proposal to take over 16 colonies and urban schemes which at present are being managed by Glada. The technical teams of MC and Glada conducted a survey in the colonies to check what kind of basic amenities are absent in these colonies.

Officials claimed that some street lights, roads, bridges and other works are pending and roughly Rs 21 crore will be spent on the work. As per the agreement, Glada will pay this one time amount to the civic body for carrying out the development works and after that, the MC will handle the routine work.

Additional commissioner Aaditya Dachalwal said, “The proposal includes monetary issue so approval from F&CC and gradually from the house is a must. We will take up the proposal in front of authorities for final decision.”

The MC will take over areas including Sector 32-A and Sanjay Gandhi colony, central park and green belt EWS pocket and static compactor site 32 sector, sector 33, 100 square yards pocket in sector 38, sector 39-A, commercial pocket in sector 39, sector 40, commercial pocket and parks in phase IV Focal point Dhandhari Kalan, Phase 3 Dugri Road, 200 feet wide byepass Dugri Road, Missing link, Dugri Road, commercial pockets phase 1 and 2 urban estate Dugri, Railway under bridge near Lodhi Club, commercial pocket cana colony site near Nehru Sidhant Kendra, old court site and Old Kotwali site.

Rs 77 crores issue to be taken at govt level

Apart from this routine development works, the MC had to recover Rs 77 crores from Glada in the form of disposal charges as Glada connected sewerage disposal of its colonies with MC sewer line without paying any money. However, Glada officials took the plea that government waived off those charges but MC officials maintained that these charges will have to be recovered as if Glada had not connected these connections with MC sewer, then it should have arranged for its own sewerage treatment plant and it would have proved a costly affair. Now, this issue will be taken up at government level for settlement. The officials claimed they will ask for funds from Glada.

Additional burden on MC

In Glada areas, at least 94 parks are there and all these parks will be handed over to MC. Officials claimed that staff is short and it will become an additional burden on them. Similar is the condition with other civic amenities. Officials claimed as soon as the colonies are transferred, they will go to park management committees for maintenance of parks.

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