Do not try the emergency and police station numbers, if you are in crisis, as most of them are either defunct or wrong.
Several police stations in Patiala do not have landline numbers. Those have landline connections, do no function properly. The emergency number of Rajindra Government Hospital is also among the invalid numbers.
The district administration's website, a non-functional directory, hardly provides any information. The royal city's police website is also under construction.
Satwinder Kaur, a resident of Lehal Colony said, "The Rajindra Government Hospital number has been remaining invalid since long. In medical emergency, we don't know where to contact."
Medical superintendent (MS) Dr VK Sharda blamed the authorities for over usage of the number which had resulted a hefty bill, which the hospital administration had failed to pay so far.
Sharda claimed, "We are trying to revive the number. Due to high amount it's been difficult for us to pay the bill."
Adding to the misery of locals there is no landline number for police posts (chowki) at Rajindra Hospital, Officer's Colony, IC Bunerhari, IC Balbera and IC Rohar Jagir, even the recently created police station at Kheri Gandian does not have its own number.
Moreover, the traffic police do not have a landline number. Locals said the numbers provided on the website of district administration and police are not functioning.
Rajwinder Singh of Urban Estate said, "The number provided on the website of Urban Estate police station does not work. How will we get in touch with the cops?"
Assistant commissioner Anupreeta Johal said, "We are aware that the numbers are not working and the website needs up gradation. The deputy commissioner has issued orders; we will update the website soon with new numbers."
Superintendent of police (headquarter) Gurbaksh Singh Bedi said, "What can we do if the numbers are not working?"
Locals alleged that even if they get through the number of police station after trying for several times, they are asked to call police control room for assistance.
The authorities' lenient attitude make locals face inconvenience every day.
Numbers in slumber
EMO Government Rajindra Medical College: 0175-2214971, 5005515
Flood control: 0175-2350097
Sanour police station- 0175- 2650350
Bakshiwala police station- 0175-2625230
Urban Estate police station: 0175-2280659