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HindustanTimes Fri,28 Nov 2014

Mud tracks make do as roads in Abohar

Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar , Hindustan Times  Ferozepur, October 27, 2013
First Published: 22:08 IST(27/10/2013) | Last Updated: 22:09 IST(27/10/2013)

Roads in Abohar are a commuters' nightmare. The muddy tracks test the patience and health of residents and most think twice about venturing on to the road. The reason for the creaky roads is the absence of any recarpeting over the past five years.

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Areas like the Sunder Nagri, the old Fazilka road in the centre of the town, New Suraj Nagri and Thakur Abadi are not motorable at all.

Some damage to the roads was also done on the pretext of constructing a sewerage system. So, now for the moment the town lacks a sewerage and dug-up roads, something that could have been avoided with better planning.

Such is the state of affairs that the Circular Road, Railway road and Indira Nagri road collapsed following the leakage of sewage water on to the surface.

Perhaps the title of the worst road of the town should go to the Gaushala road, leading to main market of the town. There is simply no road from Old Fazilka to Indira Nagri octroi on the Fazilak road.

The civic body did decide to allocate tenders for construction of roads two years ago for a road from Thakur Abadi to Azimgarh Chowk. However, the venture failed to state due to paucity of funds with the municipal committee.

The government has also taken no steps to take note of the issue and take steps to give better roads to the public. The municipal council has no executive officer, while the charge of Abohar SDM has been given to  SDM Jalalabad.

"Majority of people residing in so-called posh localities of the town are left with no option but to sell their houses and move away as there are no roads and they are virtually living in a gutter," said Satpal Kheriwal, a social activist.

He alleged that Abohar had literally turned into a garbage dump.

"Due to the muddy and bumpy roads, we fear for the safety of out kids when they to their schools on auto-rickshaws as a child could fall any time. We need a permanent solution," said Kiran Arora, an educationist.

"The conditions here are worse than those in a remote village. The administration must take action and provide us with roads. This cannot go on," said Balwinder Singh, a local resident.

"Posting orders for Abohar executive officer have been issued and he may join in a day or two. A detailed report will soon be sent to the government to seek funds for construction of roads," said Paramjit Singh, SDM Jalalabad, who has additional charge of SDM, Abohar.

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