Tribune press service
Ludhiana, December 31
A new international airport, a 24/7 potable water supply and a strong impetus for infrastructure development are some of the many projects that will see the light of day in Ludhiana, popularly known as Manchester of India, in 2022.
Ludhiana Tribune brings its readers a glimpse of what is expected to happen in the state’s largest and largest district, in terms of area and population, in the New Year.
Ludhiana, which is considered the financial capital of Punjab, will be granted an international airport in 2022. Work has already started to build the temporary Air Force Station terminal in Halwara, which is one of the oldest premier air bases. Indian Air Force (IAF) line near Ludhiana at a cost of Rs 4,691.12 lakh and will be completed within six months. Likewise, the construction of internal roads, public health services and lighting of the campus of the future airport terminal has also accelerated. Although it missed the January 2022 deadline set earlier by the state government, the new airport will take off in June.
24×7 water supply
Work on the much anticipated 24/7 canal-based surface drinking water supply project worth Rs 3,394.45 crore in Ludhiana will also begin in 2022. Although funds have already been allocated and land for the World Bank-financed project has already been acquired, work will begin once the tender for the project has received World Bank approval.
Work on expensive infrastructure development projects, implemented at a cost of Rs 11,494 crore, was accelerated in Ludhiana district in 2021.
Of the 31 major development works in total, 23 have already been completed or are in advanced stages of completion, while the remaining eight projects are expected to see the light of day in the new year.
2022 will see the clean-up of the heavily polluted Buddha Nullah, a seasonal tributary of the Sutlej, which runs almost parallel to the Sutlej through most of the Ludhiana district, including 14 km in the town of Ludhiana, before merging with the Sutlej , under an ambitious Rs 840 crore rejuvenation project underway.
Other major projects to be completed this year included a bus stop in Raikot at Rs 3.87 crore, the development of a high-tech cycle valley in the village of Dhanansu, near here at Rs 365 crore, works under MGNREGS for the current fiscal year at Rs 120.1 crore, factory using carcasses on the basis of design, construction, operation, maintenance and handover at Rs 7.98 crore, ROB / RUB integrated on Pakhowal Road on Ferozepur railway line level crossing at Rs 123 crore, annual maintenance contract of Ludhiana safe city project at Rs 35.96 crore and operates under Punjab program Nirman at Rs 90 crore.
Residents want the municipality to improve solid waste management in the city in 2022. With MC elections slated for early 2023, councilors will either have to gamble or face the wrath of residents. The current Maison du MC will end its four years in March 2022.
Waste management: A huge amount of waste has accumulated in the MC’s main landfill near the village of Kakka due to the non-treatment of waste. The inhabitants want the community to ensure the treatment of waste and old waste in the rules of the art. The MC must eliminate a number of roadside dumpsites. The static compactor project must also be completed in 2022. The MC must ensure the management of construction and demolition waste by setting up a required plant.
Smart City projects: The inhabitants want the authorities concerned to ensure the completion of the work in progress as part of the Smart City project as soon as possible.
Clogged and Overflowing Sewers: Overflowing sewers in Dhandari Khurd, Durga New Settlement, Shanti Nagar, Makkar Settlement, and several other outlying areas seek to be resolved this year.
Stray Animals: Despite collecting huge waste from cows, the civic body failed to move the stray cattle from the city’s roads to the shelters. Bullfighting incidents are common on the city’s roads. In addition to moving the stray cattle from the city’s roads in a planned manner, the MC must also resolve the threat of stray dogs.
Improve services and fight corruption: residents want the MC to bring transparency to his work and take the necessary measures to fight corruption in the MC’s offices. The MC also needs to improve the services to issue birth and death certificates and TS1 certificates within a limited time frame. In addition, the civic body must act against overloading parking lots in addition to curbing illegal construction.
- Vaccination against Covid for children between 15 and 18 years old will start from January 3.
- The goal is to fully immunize the population over 18 in the district.
- Containing the spread of Covid by preventing a possible third wave will be a major challenge.
- The strike by various categories of employees of the Ministry of Health is expected to end soon.
- Rural clinics hope to have a sufficient stock of drugs.
Industrialists hope to obtain an environment conducive to commerce and industry in 2022. They are considering fulfilling the promise to provide electricity at Rs 5 per unit, better infrastructure at focal points and in industrial zones, end corruption by strengthening one-stop shops and self-certification policy, tax and financial relief for the suffering suffered during the Covid period, center for technological upgrading and acceleration of work on the exhibition center and the freight corridor.
- Work begins on ROB on the Neelon-Doraha section.
- Permanent solution to the traffic jam problem.
- Adequate arrangements for garbage disposal.
- Establishment of a wastewater treatment plant.
- Big plan to be undertaken to rid the city of the traffic jams that are the order of the day.
- The MC will in due course begin lifting the garbage, which stagnates for days together.
- The shortage of doctors and medicines at the CHC, which meets the needs of a number of surrounding villages outside the city itself, is expected to be met in 2022.
- Permanent solution to frequent breakdowns of railway bridge expansion joints on the Sahnewal-Kohara section.
(Entries by Shivani Bhakoo, Manav Mander, Harshraj Singh & Lovleen Bains)