Lack of basic road infrastructure has adversely affected the routines of the residents of Wadala Kalan, Dhappai and Dhaliwal Dona villages.
Foggy winter, narrow laid roads nearly two feet above the adjoining fields, lack of proper signboards, plenty of sharp curves without any protection and absence of traffic cops are some of the problems, the residents of Wadala Kalan, Dhappai and Dhaliwal Dona villages are facing.
Due to the construction of railway over bridge at Wadala Kalan, the crossing was closed for a period of minimum six months in the first week of December and all traffic of Jalandhar-Kapurthala road was diverted through these villages.
Though the administration claim to have taken several steps to avoid any sort of inconvenience to villagers and various routes were earmarked for up and down traffic, the residents rued several shortcomings.
Roads accidents have become a regular phenomenon which has further added to the woes of denizens. Due to poor visibility, a truck driver failed to notice the sharp curve and laid down straight into the fields near Dhwankhe Jagir village in the wee hours of Sunday.
On Tuesday also, a bus driver could not control on a sharp turn and landed directly into the fields on a sharp curve situated after crossing Wadala Kalan village.
“All roads have risky turns and in fog, when visibility reduces, driving on the road is very dangerous. The road is being diverted for over six months, so administration cannot put lives of people on stake and should take initiatives to install proper reflectors and safety measures,” said Chanda Sharma, a Kapurthala resident.
The traffic from Kapurthala to Jalandhar is diverted near the Phulkari Palace and after passing through Wadala Kalan village, opposite Punjab Technical University (PTU), it merges on the Jalandhar road while the traffic coming from Jalandhar for Kapurthala is diverted from Wadala railway crossing towards Dhappai and after passing through Dhaliwal Dona villages, it merges with the main road at the old octroi post of the village.
“Due to increased flow of traffic and regular plying of buses and trucks on 10-12 feet wide roads, all villagers have become very conscious about their children, who used to wander freely on this road,” Gurdeep Singh a resident of the Wadala Kalan village, said.
Hindustan Times team travelled through the road and observed several sharp curves on the road, that too without proper warning boards and radium indicators. At one place near Dhaliwal Dona village, an electricity transformer is erected at end of the sharp curved turn on the road, inviting mishaps.
“We have made several announcements through public-address system of the gurdwara village appealing people to be careful about their wards. We understand the compulsion of the district administration for diverting traffic through our village but the administration should install proper direction and warning signs at various point of roads because the area remain foggy during winters,” Jaswant Singh, a Dhappai resident, said
The roads were laid in a hurry and the raised levels of roads have lowered the level of houses situated on both sides of the roads. The PWD authorities should have discussed the matter with the villagers before laying the roads
Rawal Singh, a resident of Wadala Kalan village.
We have made adequate arrangements for the vehicles safety on the road. Expecting the fog, white lines have been marked in the center of the roads. At dead ends and other sensitive parts, directions have been issued to the PWD officials to install proper signboards and reflectors.
- Daljit Singh Mangat, Deputy Commissioner