Industrialists in Ludhiana won’t pay tax if road works don’t start: The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Ludhiana, July 9

As the Municipal Corporation and the elected MPs allegedly did not pay attention to the damaged roads in the industrial zone, including Bahadur Ke Road, the aggrieved industrialists announced that if the road construction works were not started soon, they would would no longer pay taxes and would not allow government officials to enter the area.

The Bahadur Ke Textile and Knitwear Association and Allied Industries raised the issue of poor road conditions and said that the broken Bahadur Ke road connects the Bahadur Ke industrial area to the Jalandhar bypass highway here.

Members of the association said that the industrial zone falls under the jurisdiction of Ludhiana North and East constituencies. They claimed to have raised the issue in front of Ludhiana North Madan MP Lal Bagga and Ludhiana East MP Daljit Singh Grewal.

Industrialists said their association had asked both MPs and Commissioner MC Shena Aggarwal to repair damaged roads for smooth traffic for a month. But nothing had been done by them so far.

Members said there were more than 500 textile and related industrial units, making it the largest textile manufacturing center in the state. The annual turnover of this textile cluster was over Rs 10,000 crore and all the industrial units pay huge amounts of taxes which should actually be used for upkeep and upkeep of the area.

The industrialists said on Monday that their entire industry would stage a protest in front of Zone A MC office for the fulfillment of their demand for the reconstruction of Bahadur Ke road.

The member said the association plans to start the road reconstruction work itself and pay no tax to the company.

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