The lives of the commuters on national highway 1 are at risk as the covers of the storm sewerage alongside the road near Jalandhar bypass are damaged.
Besides, these often become traps for the stray animals. Also, water remains accumulated at several places in these drains, leading to the emanation of foul smell and inconvenience to the commuters.
The practice of throwing garbage into these is making the situation worse.The people say the issue has been highlighted in the past as well but the authorities concerned are yet to do the needful.The broken covers pose serious threat to those travelling on two-wheelers.
A city resident, who wished his name not to be published, said, “Pedestrians fall in the open drains,mainly during evening or night hours, and sustain serious injuries. The NHAI should install warning signs and reflectors to make the commuters alert.”
The six laning project of the national highway from Panipat to Jalandhar has missed several deadlines so far. The latest one was March 31, 2015,but the work is yet to be completed. The broken covers of the storm sewerage are also included in this project.
Talking to Hindustan Times, a group of people said, “We are paying taxes and toll plazas but still facing such issues. The contractor who has been allotted the work should speed up the work.”
The residents and commuters say government should also take strict action against the contractor as the national highway project is getting delayed ‘unnecessarily’.
When contacted, an official of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), seeking anonimity, said the replacement of the covers of storm sewerage will start soon.