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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 12:08 AM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 12:08 AM (IST)

No water, sewerage bills for SBS Nagar

Improvement Trust officials blame it on shortage of staff

Kuldip Bhatia
Ludhiana, October 11

Residents of 475-acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, a colony developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) on Pakhowal Road here, are in a quandary. In spite of their willingness to pay user charges for water supply and sewerage facility, the LIT authorities are not sending them bills for these amenities. The amount of charges keeps on mounting and the residents would have to face a tough situation as and when consolidated bills are sent to them.

In a representation to the LIT authorities, Arvind Sharma, Savinder Singh Kohli, Atul Kumar, Amarjit Singh, Surinder Singh Grewal, Balraj Chopra and Lynia Sarda Sharma, all residents of the colony, say the Trust had not sent bills for user charges for water supply and sewerage after 2016. “Earlier, quarterly bills were sent by LIT and later these were sent on a half yearly basis. But since January 2017, no bills have been issued to the residents,” alleged the residents.

The residents said whenever they approached the Trust authorities to complain about non-receipt of bills for water supply and sewerage, they were told that bills were not being issued for the time being due to staff shortage. “The amount of unpaid bills keeps mounting and if consolidated bills are issued by the LIT, most of us shall find it difficult to make payment in one go,” said the residents.

The residents of the colony further pointed out that no mechanism for keeping track of the arrears and default in payment of utility bills was in place at the LIT.

The LIT officials, however, maintained that there had been some delay in sending water supply and sewerage bills to the residents of colonies being maintained by the Trust because of staff shortage. “Steps are under way to issue bills for these amenities soon,” they said.

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