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300th martyrdom day of Banda Singh Bahadur: Road leading to Chappar Chiri memorial in state of disrepair

Even as the Punjab government is gearing up to celebrate the 300th martyrdom day of Sikh General Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, the road leading to the memorial site at Chappar Chiri here projects a picture of neglect.

punjab Updated: Jun 18, 2016 14:58 IST
Shailee Dogra
300th martyrdom day
“Driving vehicles on the road is a challenge due to a number of pits, most of which are more than one foot deep,” said Ranjeet Singh, a resident of Kharar who uses the road to commute everyday for work.(HT Photo)

Even as the Punjab government is gearing up to celebrate the 300th martyrdom day of Sikh General Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, the road leading to the memorial site at Chappar Chiri here projects a picture of neglect.

The road leading to the memorial is replete with potholes, which makes it an accident prone site. Moreover, even the street lights are missing from the road. The requests of the residents of the area for re-carpeting of the road have fallen on deaf ears.

“Driving vehicles on the road is a challenge due to a number of pits, most of which are more than one foot deep,” said Ranjeet Singh, a resident of Kharar who uses the road to commute everyday for work.

Another resident Tarunjeet Singh said, “There is pitch black darkness on the road at night and it becomes difficult to drive as the curves are very sharp at a few places. The two-wheelers are at a greater risk here.”

Irked by the neglect of the authorities, a student of Panjab University Manleen Kaur Rekhi even approached chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal through their helpline, but the complaint has not been addressed.

Rekhi said she had complained on the helpline number 1905 of Sukhbir Singh Badal about two months ago and was informed that an action has been taken on the complaint, but ground reality shows otherwise.

“Two link roads leading to industrial area, SAS Nagar, are in the most deplorable condition since the past three years due to which many accidents have taken place here,” said Rekhi.

“In the last two months a number of programmes were held here, such as Sirhind Fateh Day. A religious programme was also organised at the open-air theater of the memorial. These events saw presence of education minister Daljit Singh Cheema, Member of Parliament Prem Singh Chandumajra and president of SGPC Avtar Singh Makkar, but none of the ministers or officers issued an order for repair of the road.”