Ludhiana MC Finance Panel Meeting: Resolution for Reinforcement of Brick Sewer Lines to be Dropped

The Municipal Corporation (MC) finally decided to repair the four-decade-old brick sewer lines in various parts of the city at a cost of 82.22 crore under Smart City Mission.

A resolution regarding the project will be tabled at a meeting of the MC’s Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) to be held on Saturday.

As part of this project, MC will reinforce the existing sewer lines with a structural liner without a free-standing trachea, i.e. another pipe will be installed inside the existing one to strengthen the structure. The roads will not be dug and the installation will be done using machines. The project has been dragging on for more than three years.

A number of major incidents of road collapses have been reported in the past in areas such as Kaka Marriage Palace Road, Dugri and Model Town Extension after old sewer lines collapsed due to heavy rains .

Committee to deliberate on 155 projects

No less than 155 resolutions regarding development work will be tabled at the F&CC meeting, including the creation of an indoor swimming pool at a cost of more than 5 crores; turn Ghumar Mandi Road into a smart road for over 25 crore and installation of UID license plates outside houses for 4.8 crore.

MC will resume smart city projects

As the deadline for starting new projects under Smart City Mission ended on March 31, 2022, MC will now work as an implementing agency.

Installation of 293 CCTV cameras in the mini-secretariat

The installation of 293 cameras in the mini secretariat, including the offices of the deputy commissioners and police commissioners, to 3.89 crore, will also be discussed at the meeting. Officials said the project was proposed after the court complex was bombed in December last year.

Construction of a perimeter wall on a landfill site

Under pressure from the National Green Tribunal (NGT), MC also proposed the construction of a boundary wall around the main dumpsite on Tajpur Road and the installation of LED street lights on the dumpsite. The court had recently imposed a temporary indemnity (penalty) of 100 crore for failure to dispose of legacy waste.

Vidhan Sabha sub-committee to take stock of projects

To check on the progress of the various development works, the Vidhan Sabha Sub-Committee of the Local Bodies Department will hold a meeting on Friday with officials from the Municipal Corporation (MC) and the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT).

Atam Nagar MLA Kulwant Sidhu is the organizer of the sub-committee, while MPs Madan Lal Bagga (Ludhiana North), Gupreet Gogi (Ludhiana West) and Rajinder Pal Kaur Chhina (Ludhiana South) are members. The sub-committee had been constituted by the Chairman of the Vidhan Sabha Committee of the Department of Local Bodies, Bathinda Urban MLA Jagroop Singh Gill.

Projects expected to be discussed at the meeting include the installation of LED street lights and the rejuvenation of Buddha Nullah. The subcommittee also requested a report from officials regarding settlements illegally dumping untreated sewage waste into MC’s sewer lines.