The lack of coordination between the municipal council, sewerage board and public works department PWD has dug a hole for the residents of Ajit Nagar here.
In 2010, the council dug up the locality's roads to lay underground sewerage pipes but nobody then cared to complete the work. Leaking water from the pipes that the sewerage board laid and left exposed has added to the swamping of the roads that lead to three schools and which children now can't cross.
The departments' haphazard digging has not only damaged the fresh-laid road but also created a hazard for commuters. "If commuters' lives are in danger, there's inconvenience even to shopkeepers, who keep on putting weights on the potholes to contain the leakage," said Priya, a student.
Bad roads have also affected business, as the local shops now are inaccessibe to customers because of the potholes and trenches. Dense fog over the the past few days has added to the problem. "Several reminders to the municipal council and district administration to complete the work have gone unheard.
A few months ago, our hopes came alive when a contractor started carpeting the roads but he also abandoned the work after laying just the stone base," said local resident Kushal Sood.
The stagnant water is breeding ground for causal organisms, mostly mosquitoes, so the threat of vector-borne diseases has increased. Sumit Sood, a shopkeeper.
Our business is affected because of the poor condition of our roads. People prefer visiting shops situated on the clean side of the road, Varinder Singh Walia, a shopkeeper.
I was unaware of the issue, as I had taken charge recently. We will check which company abandoned the work and put the residents in problem, Gurpreet Singh Khaira, MC administrator.