Most roads in Faridkot town crying for immediate repairs

  • Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Faridkot
  • Updated: Jun 11, 2015 23:58 IST

Most of the roads in the town are in a bad shape. The main reason of damage to roads is the absence of a proper drainage system during the rainy season. The roads have also not been repaired for long because of lack of funds.

A very important road, which connects various places to the grain market here, is badly broken and has not been repaired. In January 2014, some earthwork was done to level the road ahead of the visit of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to the town, but nothing was done to carpet it later on.

Even the portion of the road, which was carpeted about two years ago, has developed cracks at many places.

"The condition of many roads in the town is too bad to drive on them. The circular road near the Jubilee cinema chowk and at many other places, the main road of the Dogar Basti, Bazigar Basti and in the Aara market (saw mills road) are in a very bad shape and have not been repaired for many years," said Swaran Singh, a resident of Dogar Basti, Faridkot.

The condition of a stretch of about one kilometer of the road, which connects the Chahal road to Talwanti road running parallel to the railway line, is also worst than a 'kuccha' road.

"Roads are in a very bad condition and vehicles get very much damaged. At some places, there are deep pits and the cars touch the ground. The circular road was once pride of the town running around it, but now its condition is also bad at many places.

The road leading to the district administrative complex and the district courts also needs immediate repairs. But, unfortunately, most of the roads have not been repaired for long. The local leaders promised to improve the condition of the roads before elections, but nothing has been done so far," said Joginder Singh Brar, an advocate.

The residents had hoped of things improving after the election of the municipal committee, but so far its president has not been elected allegedly due to a tug-of-war between the two groups of the local Akali leaders.

"We have sent a proposal for the repair of roads with an estimate cost of Rs 6.50 crore and the roads would be built or repaired as per their condition as soon as we get the required funds," said Rachpal Singh Bhullar, executive officer (EO) , municipal committee, Faridkot.

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