The 120 ft road, one of the busiest roads of the city, which acts as an alternative and a shorter route towards Kapurthala or Amritsar, is in need of urgent repair due to its continuous deteriorating condition.
A half kilometre stretch of 120 ft road at Mithu Basti-Basti Peer Dad crossing is full of potholes and pits, causing a lot of inconvenience to commuters and residents of nearby areas including Basti Peer Dad, Shastri Nagar, Dilbagh Nagar, Grover Colony, Raja Garden and Mithu Basti.
The residents alleged that due to continuous negligence of the Municipal Corporation (MC) for the last two years, the road has turned a curse for them.
They accused that even though the local body's minister Bhagat Chuni Lal and senior deputy mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia are residents of the nearby areas and have crossed this stretch many times, they have failed to take any notice.
HT Team spoke to several residents and commuters on Sunday and found that commuters do not cross from one side of the road and preferred the wrong side to save themselves from jolts due to potholes.
Raj Kumar, a resident of Basti Peer Dad said that water gets accumulated during the rainy days.
He also said that the pitiable condition of this stretch, forces the commuters to go to the wrong side which is always risky for their lives.
Navdeep Kumar, a resident of Mithu Basti said a few years back, when MC had widened this road, the road was in a good condition but after that, the MC has not taken any notice of this stretch of 120 ft road despite it being one of busiest roads. Area councillor Jathedar Pritam Singh who belongs to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal was unavailable for comments.
VOX"I do not think about crossing from this stretch due to countless, widened potholes," said Manish Thakur, a MCA student. He said that whenever he has to go from this road, he prefers to take other shortcuts. He said that this road can be developed as a shorter and alternative route for Kapurthala and others areas, but MC had always neglected its importance.
Sher Singh, a shopkeeper said that pitiable condition of this stretch has reduced his income as the people do not come to his shop for shopping. He said that this stretch turns into a canal during the rainy days and those who have no knowledge of the potholes used to fall and get injured. The road has turned into a curse for them.
Rajesh Agnihotri, a congress leader said that residents along with his party workers had held several protests against the MC but no avail. He said that every time, the MC officials showed their inability to re-construct or repair this stretch, due to lack of funds.
Vijay Kumar, a daily commuter said that whenever, he has to go from this stretch, he prays to God at first for a safety passage. He said that the stretch was never repaired and was always filled with mud or bricks or stones which make it difficult for two-wheelers.