ITS BEEN almost three months since monsoon rains wreaked havoc on life and property in Bhopal on the night of August 14, 2006. However, many of the roads and other properties damaged that night are still in a dilapidated condition and have not been repaired despite repeated assurances by the district administration.
The Link Road number three coming from the MANIT and going towards Habibganj police station was severely affected during this period. Today, it is still far from being trafficable, as repair works – being undertaken by the Public Works Department (PWD)- have been discontinued.
Sources claim repair works were stopped due to some payment related issues with the private contractor given the repair work.
A culvert on this road – located in front of Patrakar Colony – had caved in due to torrential rains. The entire road had been cut into two halves and for several days people were unable to commute on that road.
Authorities had assured the road would be repaired as soon as the rains receded. Bhopal Collector S K Mishra himself told reporters the road would be readied for traffic very soon.
Three months on, the road’s repair work is just about half complete. Moreover, repair works initiated sometime in late August were stopped abruptly mid way through.
Vehicle drivers have to manoeuver their way through a kuccha, bumpy and dusty patch that still requires major repairs. Authorities – when apprised of the situation – reassured that the road will be repaired very soon.
“I have directed PWD Executive Engineer who is in charge of that road to begin repair works immediately,’’ Bhopal Collector S K Mishra told the Hindustan Times on Tuesday.
He added he had not travelled on that road in the past many days so he did not have first hand experience of the road’s dilapidated condition. “I was under the impression that the road had already been repaired completely, as was conveyed to me by officials concerned,’’ Mishra said.
Meanwhile, PWD New Capital Division Executive Engineer (in - charge) G D Gupta stated, “the road’s repair works will be resumed in just a couple of days.’’
He added the major portion of the caved in culvert had been repaired and only the road’s top layer of asphaltation remained. “The road would be repaired and made completely trafficable within seven days,’’ Gupta maintained.