The municipal corporation has prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the recarpeting of internal roads in the city and has sought a grant of `376 crore from the central government to carry out this work.
Surveys for carpeting of internal roads were conducted in all four zones - A, B, C and D, of the municipal corporation and the DPR and the estimate is for roads that more than 18 feet wide or above.
Some of the roads that are crying for repairs are in Urban Estate, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Model Town, Singh Pura, Industrial Area, Kochhar market, Jawahar Nagar, Punjab Mata Nagar, old city areas and others.
Potholed surfaces of these roads are the cause of frequent mishaps and lead to wastage of fuel as well. The issue has been discussed in political circles as well with Congress councillors taking up the issue of the potholed roads in the House.
Additional commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said, "We have sent the estimated cost to the government. As soon as we get the funds, the recarpeting of internal roads in all zones will start. We are also working on preparing a detailed project report for recarpeting the Mall Road, the Club Road and the road outside Kaka Marriage palace," he said.
"The condition of internal roads in the city is pitiable. The potholes are also not being repaired and this leads to more damage to the roads over time. An MC team needs to be deployed in each zone to keep a tab on the patchwork being done," said city resident Satish Sachdeva, former state mass media and education officer, health and family welfare department, Punjab.
"The MC needs to use better technique for carpeting for roads. Frequent damage to the roads can be a headache," said Rattandeep Singh, a resident of Gill Road.