32km Muktsar-Kotkapura road crawling to completion 30 months after inauguration

  • Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Muktsar
  • Updated: Feb 20, 2015 21:40 IST

The work of widening and upgrading of the 32- km stretch of the Muktsar-Kotkapura road is still incomplete though the work was supposed to be completed within 18 months of the laying of the foundation stone. The stone was laid by the chief minister in August 2012.

But the Supreme Infrastructure Limited, which had taken up the project, had started the work only after 18 months from the inauguration as it was entangled in some bank formalities.

To compound the problem the work is being done intermittently making the road susceptible to accidents as most of it is badly broken.

"The road has become a killer stretch as many people have lost their lives in accidents on this road. The construction company has spoilt the sides of the road at most of the places and for about two years now there has been hardly any place for the vehicles. Moreover, the buses, which are carelessly driven, are playing havoc for two wheelers and small vehicles," said Shaminder Singh, a resident of Warring village.

"About two weeks ago, a 12-year-old child from my village died in an accident when their motorcycle was hit by some car on this road," he adds.

"The construction company started digging the sides of road in May 2013 and so far has only made small bridges over the water channels and filled soil and gravel on half of the length. The work should have been completed by now, but it is too slow and may take many months more. The condition of old road is also very bad now," said Ajaypal Singh Brar, a resident of Wara Daraka village.

"In my village, the construction company has not built any flood bridges over the road so that flood water can flow through them towards the left side of the road where the drain exists.

Construction of flood outlets is must where they are supposed to be," added Ajaypal.
About 19 km of the road falls in Muktsar and 13 km in Faridkot and many shops would have to be demolished in Kotkapura to widen it due to alleged encroachments. About 1,000 trees have already been axed.

As the road connects the region to Rajasthan and farmers use this route a lot between February to April making it all the more important to complete the road.

"The construction work of the road is expected to be sped up by next week and expected to be completed on most part by June. It was slow because the project was under build, operate and transfer in which there are many formalities," said Angrej Singh, executive engineer, central public works department(CPWD) at Ferozpore, under which the work is to be completed.

He added that the road has been handed over to a contractor and it was their responsibility to keep it motorable.

"I met the secretary of buildings and roads two days ago regarding the problem and apprised him of the slow work and expressed our concern about road accidents and the condition of the road. We hope to get it completed soon," said Jaskiran Singh, deputy commissioner, Muktsar.

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