LAHORE Poor planning, mismanagement, alleged misuse of funds, embezzlements and trend of minting money on part of the Shalimar Town officials in connivance with other officials of the City District Government of Lahore have made the town a hell for the citizens. A survey of Shalimar Town conducted by The Nation has revealed that the citizens, residing in the boundaries of the town are living in the hub of problems. They are compelled to live substandard life due to uncountable problems such as dilapidated roads, poor sewerage system, environmental pollution. In addition, heaps of garbage at various public places are omitting stench particularly near residential localities. Moreover, dirt spreading at every nook and corner of the town also has exposed the performance of the sanitary staffers who are allegedly used to remaining absent from their duties. They added whenever they tried to know the reasons behind their absence, the workers replied that their respective sanitary inspectors were charging Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 from each sweeper and sanitary worker per month for the purpose. However, when this scribe inquired some sanitary inspectors of UCs, they on the request of anonymity replied that the in-charge of sanitary staff of the town forced them to charge the amount from all the sanitary workers every month and he used to get his due share from this collected amount. When this scribe contacted, the in-charge, Mr Gondal, denied the allegations and said that he was taking action against such 'corrupt elements who were plundering the poor workers. Furthermore, increasing encroachments, dilapidated roads, poor sanitary system and environmental pollution due to dozens of unlawfully established industrial units even in the residential localities are adding to the peoples miseries. Most areas are backward or under development though some areas had been established even before the partition of the Subcontinent. The residential localities particularly these areas are of middle class and lower middle class citizens. Despite allocation of huge funds the surfacing, repairing and reconstruction work of busy roads could not even start. The government focused to streamline the sewerage system of the entire town particularly that of the areas of northern parts of the city. Likewise, the construction and surfacing of dozens of dilapidated roads and decaying streets of China Scheme, Baghbanpura, Singhpura, Gujarpura, Chah Miran, Sawami Nagar, Ghoray Shah, Wasanpura Scheme No.2, Bhagatpura and other areas are lying pending with the Shalimar Town, Lahore Development Authority and the CDGL. Encroachments are one of the major issues of the town. Particularly, immovable encroachments could not be removed from decades by the district and town administrations. According to the towns residents, some influential inhabitants, elected representatives of people, political workers and shopkeepers have encroached roadsides and footpaths by constructing different structures like houses, plazas and shops. Besides, immoveable encroachments, venders bazaars at major intersections of the area are a permanent source of frequent traffic jams. The people alleged that these pushcart and donkey cart vendors are backed by some blue-eyed of members of parliament and town officials are extorting money from them for setting up their carts at these busy roads and intersections. However, some pushcart vendors confirmed that they are paying Rs 2000 to Rs 3000 to such influential persons for setting up their carts at different places. Nonetheless, land mafia, allegedly headed by local public representatives belonging to the ruling party is very influential and the unchecked practice of grabbing of private and government land is continued from a couple of years. Some locals included MPA of constituency PP 143 Ch Shahbaz Ahmad, PP 143 president Bao Akhtar President of PML-N and some other influential people in connivance with local patwari Mian Saleem and LDA officials and agents in the land mafia. A former naib nazim of a local UC of China Scheme, Malik Muzaffar Hussain, alleged that besides selling a number of plots, they also sold out a portion of an LDAs approved public park situated at C-Block of China Scheme. The MPA, belonged to a lower middle class family before election, But now, he is the owner of a luxurious house in Defence and also owned about 100 acre of land in Sheikhupura district despite the fact that his father still is working in a local cold storage, he further said. It is pertinent to mention here that former district nazim Mian Amir Mehmood announced a piece of land of over 3 acres for graveyard, situated in China Scheme at Sher Shah Road and also a wall has been constructed around it except a corner plot of the proposed graveyard site. He said that the MPA was also getting his due share from various ongoing development projects from contractors. Nonetheless, the CDGLs Health Department also recruited dozens of employees in the CDGL Hospital Kot Khawaja Saeed on the recommendations of the MPA and some members of his group who allegedly received Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 from each candidate for the above mentioned posts in connivance with the former Health executive district officer Dr Fayyaz Ahmad Ranjha, local councilor Ayaz Khan said. Moreover, former UC 20 nazim Farrukh Hussain alleged that the town administration and MPA Chaudhry Shahbaz Ahmad completed dozens of development projects but only in papers and got handsome amounts as share from their blue-eyed contractors. He alleged that they minted millions of rupees from some projects, which did exist only in papers.