Learning no lessons from the past mishaps and repeated complaints, the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to correct the faulty manholes in various city area. MC commissioner had ordered the staff concerned, but they did not take any action regarding this problem.
Residents and commuters are a harried lot due to these manholes, which can be seen at different city roads including, Malhar Road, Ghumar Mandi, near Samrala Chowk, Pakhowal Road, service lanes of Ferozepur Road and Focal Point among others.
Several commuters generally get unbalanced on these manholes and lose control over the vehicle leading to mishaps. The report regarding these faulty manholes was highlighted earlier and was in the knowledge of Zone-D executive engineer, but nothing concrete has been done to resolve the problem.
Some of the manholes have turned into potholes. Many accidents cases due to these manholes have been reported in the past, as potholes are not visible on the carpeted roads.
Moreover, during monsoon, the roads remain waterlogged due to which these manholes are not visible, giving a tough time to the commuters.
Harjot Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, said, "The roads are generally carpeted without removing the old layers. With this manholes go below the road level turning into potholes. The authorities concerned should take action to resolve this problem."
Satish Thaman, member of the Sub-Division Grievances Redressal Committee, said, "According to the norms, the level of manholes and roads should be same, but the violation can be seen commonly across the city. The municipal corporation (MC) should conduct a survey to check such manholes."
Due to faulty manholes, the vehicles get damaged. Moreover, the water remains stagnant in the manholes for many days which becomes breeding ground for flies and mosquitoes.
There are a few faulty manholes on Malhar Road, which are becoming a big nuisance for commuters. Several commuters met with an accident due to the manholes, which are below the road level. I appeal to the authorities to take required steps to resolve the problems so that commuters should not suffer from any problem.
This is a very serious issue, which needs to be addressed soon as due to this the number of accidents is increasing. Many of the times people get unbalanced while passing over the faulty manholes. I have complained to the authorities concerned regarding the same, but all in vain.
We have decided to re-carpet 43 roads in the city. We have already planned to correct these faulty manholes during re-carpeting process.
Ghanshyam Thori, additional commissioner, MC