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The hoardings informing about various Smart City projects — mostly in areas under West constituency — have raised many eyebrows. SAD-BJP leaders condemned the Congress leadership for using the Smart City Mission to befool the general public, while in reality, they have even failed to provide basic amenities to the general public. The hoardings displayed in the city have pictures of chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, MP Ravneet Bittu, and cabinet minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu.

These hoardings — installed in Sarabha Nagar, Malhar Road, and Kitchlu Nagar — display projects such as Sarabha Nagar smart market, Malhar Road project, Pakhowal Road ROB/RUB, stray dogs sterilisation centre, and Sidhwan Canal beautification project. Leaders of both parties mocked the local Congress leaders for displaying hoardings of various projects being covered under the Smart City Mission to be funded by the central government. They claimed Congress leaders, having failed to do anything at their level, were now trying to get mileage out of projects funded by the central government.

SAD (Urban) district president Ranjit Dhillon said, “Recently, CM Captain Amarinder Singh gave a report card of the government after completing three years, which was merely an eyewash. The state government has failed in fulfilling the promises made to the voters.” He said if they talk about Ludhiana, there is clear mismanagement, as roads were in a pathetic condition, and people were not even getting pure drinking water.

He added, “Congress leaders have put up big hoardings in the city, where they have taken credit for projects being done under the Smart City Mission. These projects were approved during the SAD-BJP government only, when the city came in the first top 20 smart cities of the country, and now Congress leaders were trying to take credit. Dhillon said MC had also failed to provide basic amenities to the public in the absence of funds. “Streetlights, sewerage facilities, and even public transport is missing,” he added.

Meanwhile, BJP’s Ludhiana district general secretary Rajnish Dhiman said, “Every resident knows that the Smart City Mission is being funded by the central government, and Congress leadership is only trying to grab credit for works they never did. If the Congress government had done anything for the city, then why are the leaders showcasing only works being done under the Smart City Mission, and why only one constituency is being showered with projects, while the rest of the constituencies are not getting even basic facilities?”

One of the directors of Ludhiana Smart City Limited said, “The Smart City Mission has nothing to do with Congress MLAs or MPs, but big hoardings displayed in the city have only political functionaries. The projects are being funded by the Centre, and the attempt of local leaders to take credit for these projects is shameful.” He said at least the Ludhiana mayor should have been given space in the hoardings, who is a member of the mission’s board of directors.


Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 19.03.2020

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