Residents of Rajiv Nagar and Durga Nagari staged a dharna at the Municipal Council here today seeking proper swerage. They said on September 15, 2014, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had assured them of providing basic amenities in a few months, but to no avail. That was his maiden public darbar in Abohar town after taking over as CM for the fifth term. He was invited by legislator Sunil Jakhar to see houses that had collapsed after incessant rain here, the residents said. They quoted the CM to have said, “I feel deeply concerned over the plight of these colonies.”Residents said they had to stage a dharna for the fifth time today as no work had been started. “BJP and SAD leaders had thrice organised photo sessions in the colonies carrying spade on their shoulders to mark the “inauguration” of development works but that all was farce,” said Raja Ram, a former councillor, while leading the protest.Mukesh, a medical practitioner, said, “The dharna in February was lifted as councillor and block BJP president Daljit Singh Tinna promised to get the work started in a couple of days.” When contacted, Tinna said pipes were to be laid at a cost of Rs 1.56 crore and funds were approved but none of the contractors responded to online tenders. Council president Pramil Kalani said tenders had been floated again.
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