Faridkot roads in need of urgent massive overhaul

  • Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Faridkot
  • Updated: May 24, 2014 21:49 IST

The condition of many roads in the town is very bad as they have not been repaired after heavy rains in August last year. The city does not have a proper sewerage system to drain out the water immediately after it rains and it gets accumulated on roads.

This is the main reason that roads in the city get damaged quite fast as water continues to stagnate on them for days together. Besides, heavy vehicles ply on the town's inner roads to transport goods and old roads fail to withstand the burden of these vehicles.

The government has failed to allocate enough funds to cash-starved municipalities as they have little sources of their own to carry out development works and pay salaries to the staff after octroi was abolished.

"The condition of many stretches, including Sadak Chowk to Talwandi Road, that runs along the grain market, a main road in Bazigar Basti, the connecting road from Chahal Road to Talwandi Road and the road near Kameana Chowk, is very bad. The circular road also has potholes at several places. Another road, that passes through Dogar Basti, is also in a bad shape," claimed Swarn Singh, a resident of Faridkot.

"Many roads have not been carpeted for the past many years. Stagnant rain water damages roads at low-lying places quite fast," said Hasandeep Singh Brar, a resident of Harindra Nagar, Faridkot. "The roads in the town need immediate carpeting as hazard-free and proper roads are the right of the people," he added.

The stretch from Sadak Chowk to the railway station and some parts of the Bholuwala road are also in a bad condition as heavy vehicles pass through these roads after lifting produce from the grain market in the city.

"Before the visit of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in January, the district administration carried out a little repair by filling potholes, but nothing was done after that. It is dusty, again," claimed Mohinder Kumar, a local.

Deputy commissioner Mohammad Tayyab said, "Different roads fall under different departments, including Mandi Board, national highways authority and municipal committee. I have written to the government about the condition of roads and hope to get funds soon to start work."

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