Former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Friday hit out at chief minister Virbhadra Singh over bad condition of roads the across the state.
Dhumal squarely blamed the Virbhadra-led government for the pathetic condition of roads. "It's difficult to make out whether there are potholes on the roads or the roads are in the potholes," quipped the former CM. "Not only the travellers are suffering due to the bad roads, but it's also leading to frequent breakdown of vehicles that costs heavy on the pockets of the owners," said Dhumal in a statement issued here on Friday. "It's not that the chief minister is not aware of the poor road conditions. Instead of improving the roads, the government is only issuing statements," he said.
He said it was shameful on the part of the ministers who travel on such roads but do nothing except for issuing statements to mount pressure on officials.
"The government has failed to provide adequate funds for the road repair to the public works department across the state. Dhumal alleged that the government owed payments to the contractors, who were reluctant to carry out repair works. "The government claims to be in the pink of fiscal health, but the poor roads belie the government claim," Dhumal said, adding that the tourist season was at its peak and the travellers were dismayed over the poor roads. "The bad roads are affecting the state's tourism industry adversely," he said, while urging the government to release funds for the road-repair.