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Admn goes full throttle to repair Old Jail roads for Jaitley’s visit

As union finance minister Arun Jaitley is tipped to visit holy city this month, the local authorities — who hardly care for inconveniences faced by the common man — have swung into action and started preparing jerk-free road to welcome the minister.

punjab Updated: Jun 03, 2015 21:35 IST
Usmeet Kaur

As union finance minister Arun Jaitley is tipped to visit holy city this month, the local authorities — who hardly care for inconveniences faced by the common man — have swung into action and started preparing jerk-free road to welcome the minister.

The Public Works Department (PWD) officials are working overnight to ensure that the Old Jail Road from Kitchlew Chowk to the rehabilitation centre gets completed well in time, even as other roads in the city continue to sport potholes and craters.

Jaitley is expected to attend a few functions here, during which he will also inaugurate a drug rehabilitation centre.

Though administrative officials are tight-lipped about his visit, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) insiders on condition anonymity said the road was being prepared for Jaitley’s visit to the city this month.

This is not new to the civic authorities who wake up to important functions such as ‘Darshan Didar Yatra’ and high profile visits to the city to ensure that garbage is lifted and roads relaid.

With the work on the Old Jail Road in progress, Rattan Singh Chowk witnesses heavy traffic jams.

The road has been in pathetic condition since long causing a lot of inconvenience to everyday commuter. Amritsar acting deputy commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal said he was unaware of the minister’s visit to the city and termed the road construction work a part of the big project that was in the pipeline since long.

Not just the Old Jail Road but other roads in the city are also in pathetic condition, but what made the administration to get out of its slumber at once?

On this Sabharwal added, “It’s not that the Old Jail Road and Ranjit Avenue area are being developed, but people will see all city roads are relaid soon.”

Sources with the DC office, however, confirmed that the road was being relaid for Jaitley’s visit to the city in June.