Neglected fountain on Ferozepur road

The fountain near the Sidhwan Canal, Ferozepur Road, which was constructed some seven years ago, (even the MC officials don't know the exact timeline of its existence), to beautify the prominent area of the city, worked for hardly a month before giving up.

Now, it has turned into a home for mosquitoes and insects, since the water has not been changed for several months, and it seems MC was not even aware of its existence.

"Last time I witnessed this fountain working was some years ago and at that time, it was newly constructed," said Sandeep Kumar, a resident of the city.

An MC official said the fountain fell under the area of executive engineer Manjeet Singh. He, however, said he was not responsible for the fountain and executive engineer Brij Pal, who heads the green belt leading to Ferozepur Road, is in-charge of the same.

Brij Pal said: "I am not aware of any fountain near Sidhwan Canal. I will go in the evening today and see."

He also said that Building and Roads executive engineer Salaria should be contacted, as he was responsible for the area. Salaria said: "We gave the contract for the greenbelt of Sidhwan Canal to a private company many years ago. Three years ago, as a precautionary measure for dengue in the city, the MC discouraged all such fountains in the city and asked for their permanent closure."

When asked why the rain water accumulated in the fountain has still not been cleaned, he said, "We are coming up with the six-laning of Ferozepur Road project. We will see it then."

On the matter of getting the fountain covered, as some parts of the city are already in the grip of water-borne diseases, he said, "We will soon register a complaint and get it covered." He also tried to wash his hands off the project by saying that Landscape Officer Surinder Kumar is the right person to talk to. Surinder Kumar was not available for comments.

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