In a bid to ensure the success of the Sadbhawna rally, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has been flouting norms with impunity.
It has been learnt that the public works department (PWD) has placed its contractors for construction of separate paths for vehicles. Makhan Singh, a contractor, who was working at the Nabha road, said that he has been directed to make arrangements for the rally by some PWD officials. He added that he had hired labourers to get the work done.
A day after damaging the median of the NH-64, now Akali workers have razed the boundary fencing of the Aviation Club and also uprooted trees from roadside. A separate entry has been constructed for vehicles that will come for rally. Earthmoving machines, including JCB and road rollers, were pressed into services to make separate entry points from the NH-64.
When the media highlighted the damage of the NH-64, temporary barricades were spotted from where the divider was damaged. Leaving their police stations empty, several SHOs have been witnessed at the rally ground deputed to handle the inside arrangements for the rally.
Deputy commissioner Varun Rujam said that all changes were temporarily made and will be restored after the rally. He added that some changes were essential for the safety of commuters to avoid traffic snarls.
Meanwhile, the Patiala Congress has staged a protest against the state government for reportedly violating the norms to make its rally a success. Congress leader Sanjeev Sharma Bittu said that the government had no right to destroy the public property for its convenience. He added that the party will hand over a memorandum to the deputy commissioner, seeking action against the guilty.
Aviation club to be closed on Dec 15
To avoid rush on the day of the Sadbhwna rally, officials have decided to close the Aviation Club on December 15. Flying instructor Captain Malkeat Singh said that the routine flights will not be operational on the day of the rally. He added that the training class will be off and flights can be available for any emergency.