Though the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had announced to complete the work on the four-laning of the 92-km stretch of the national highway-95 from Ludhiana to Talwandi Bhai (Ferozepur) via Moga, yet the work is going on at a much slower pace, causing great inconvenience to commuters.
The stretch has, in fact, turned into a killer stretch as diversions and underpasses abound on the road. Several lives have been claimed by incomplete bridges and sudden turns.
A few months ago, a special team, led by R P Singh, adviser to the NHAI, had visited Moga and listened to views of the district administration and social orgainsations regarding the problems faced due to stoppage of work, but it did not make any difference.
Several social and businessmen organisations of the city have threatened that if the construction work of the road was not pursued properly, shopkeepers of Moga city will move the Punjab and Haryana high court soon for its early completion.
A flyover, proposed to be constructed, in Moga will totally divide the city into two parts. The citizens are worrying that the flyover will affect the business in the city and the people will also face a great difficulty.
Dawarka Nath Bansal, president of the Citizens Welfare Council (CWC), said that there is no need of the flyover within the municipal corporation limits on the Moga-Ludhiana and Moga Ferozepur national highways. "If bypasses are available on all sides of the city, the government is going to spend Rs 740 crore on the flyover bridge in Moga without any reason," said Bansal.
He said the CWC has also written a letter to union transport minister Nitin Gadkari stating that there are more than 30 under-passes and underbridges under construction in Moga city. The CWC has also asked the minister as well as officials of the NHAI to reduce the length of the flyover by starting it from the main Shaheed Joginder Singh chowk crossing of the main market. "By starting this bridge from there, a lot of public funds can be saved," said Bansal.
Deputy commissioner Parminder Singh Gill, said, "NHAI officials have said that the work on the stretch from Ludhiana to Moga will be finished in the next six months. After that, the other part from Moga to Talwandi Bhai will be completed," said Gill.