Traveling in this small industrial town in Ludhiana is an uphill fight, thanks to the apathetic attitude of the authorities, who have failed to repair the roads here.
The slow-moving traffic in Khanna gives enough credence to the fact how pathetic the condition of roads here is as they are blemished with potholes, which has become problematic for commuters. Several residents are often seen complaining of backaches and damage caused to their vehicles.
Even though Khanna municipal council authorities blame recent heavy monsoons for the pathetic condition of roads, such claims fall flat as several roads are lying broken and incomplete for more than past one year now.
Residents allege that while they had repeatedly demanded construction of new roads, the MC had failed to even re-carpet or re-lay the existing ones. Even the patch work was not conducted in the past few months.
A survey has revealed that the problem was extremely severe in Krishna Nagar, New Model Town, Azad Nagar, Mandi Colony, Chotte Khurd road, Kartar Nagar and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony.
What has added to the misery is incomplete eight-laning of the National Highway-1, the work for which is in the middle of nowhere, because the company executing the project has stalled the work citing high cost involved in the project and the case is in the Supreme Court.
Long traffic jams owing to congestion on the National Highway are common in city and incomplete highways and flyovers have further made things difficult.
The problem of roads is more severe in areas where the MC installed new sewerage pipes.
New sewerage pipes were paid in several areas nearly a year ago, but the civic body has failed to construct roads in the area, making it difficult for residents to commute.
“The poor condition of roads shows what kind of development the city has witnessed in the past few years. Several protests have failed to move the insensitive authorities," Amarjeet Singh Gora, a city resident said.
“There have been cases, where people have even raised protest against kutchha roads repeatedly, but even then the authorities have not turn up to provide any relief. The situation becomes even worse during rainy season, when potholes fill with water," Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Krishna Nagar said.
He said in few areas, locals themselves had temporarily filled the potholes which were dug to lay the sewerage.
Executive officer of Khanna municipal council, Charanjit Singh, said that most of the roads suffered major damage due to heavy rain, which also forced the authorities to halt construction and re-carpeting work till October.
“Several new tenders for construction of roads are being floated for which the work is expected to start soon,” he said.