Faulty manholes in various areas of the city are open invitation to mishaps. Many of the manholes structures have either been constructed above the road level or have been constructed below the road level, thus taking shape of potholes.
These faulty manholes that have been leading to mishaps across the city can be seen on newly constructed Pakhowal Road, Ghumar Mandi near district courts, Mall Road and also in some new colonies of the city. But the authorities concerned seem to be apathetic towards the problem.
Satish Thaman, a member of the Ludhiana West Subdivision Grievances Redressal Committee, said, “People are complaining about manholes, which are not balanced with the road surface. At some places these have been made above road level. These manholes need to be levelled so that mishaps could be avoided. Some people have also tripped while passing over these manholes.”
“The roads are generally carpeted without removing the old layers. With this the manholes go below the road level at many places. This can prove more dangerous than potholes, and the authorities should take action to mend them" Thaman added.
“According to the norms, the surface of manholes should be equal to the roads, but the violation can be seen commonly in the city. The municipal corporation (MC) should conduct a survey to check such manholes”, said Varinder Pathak, a city resident.
“The authorities concerned should ensure that the old layers of roads should be removed before carpeting. With this the surface of newly constructed road will not get raised with which the surface of manholes will also remain same. The manholes constructed above road surface are dangerous, as commuters can lose their control on vehicles,” he said.
MC executive engineer (XEN) Ravinder Garg said, “We will check such sewer manholes. However, the building and roads wing has the responsibility to correct this problem.”
According to the sources, some manholes that are above road level have been constructed by a telecom company for laying down wires.
MC additional commissioner Sumeet Jarangal could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.