Despite claims of development here, the state government has failed to provide sufficient funds for rebuilding or repairing badly broken roads within the municipal limits of the town. Most of the roads have been in a pitiable condition for many years.
The potholed and dusty roads, besides damaging the vehicles, have been leading to accidents and polluting the environment due to dust. The shopkeepers are upset as the dust emanating from roads settles down on their articles kept for sale and, according to them, it hits their business as well. The dust is also a health hazard.
“The Kotkapura residents have been demanding to resurface roads but, despite assurances, they have not got anything. The roads are the basic needs, but the government has failed to meet the basic need of the people despite repeatedly raising the matter with the authorities concerned. Even the deputy chief minister had promised to release funds for roads, but so far no grant has received,” said Uday Randev, president of Punjab Jagran Manch, Kotkapura.
“If the government cannot provide basic infrastructure to the people,, it has no right to impose any new taxes,” said Uday. “The broken road leads to loss of our small business. Dust keeps on settling on all the commodities kept for sale. We have to repeatedly clean them, however, some of them gets too dirty and nobody buys them,” said Rajiv Kumar, a shopkeeper.
“The town is continuously losing out whatever it had years ago. Most of the streets and roads are broken and street lights remain off. We do not see any development in the town. The roads are a reflection of the deplorable condition of the town,” said another resident.
The main roads of the town, as Jaitu road, Mal godown road, Duareana road, Jalaenana road, Devi Wala and Bir Sikhan Wala roads besides the stretches along the railway overbridge are all broken and badly damaged.
“The Jaurian Chackian Wala road is very important as it connects the old city to the main town, but it has never been built properly. It was repaired some years ago, but has been badly washed away by rain in August last year,” said Balwinder Singh, a local. It has been nearly one year since the rain in August last year had badly washed all the roads, but only one main road under the national highway authority has been built afterwards while the rest have been waiting for funds.
Harjeet Singh Sandhu, subdivisional magistrate (SDM), Kotkapura, who is also the administrator of the local municipal committee said that the funds are awaited to build or repair roads. ”We shall carry out the work to repair or build roads as soon as we get funds,” he said.