Jalandhar MP Chaudhury Santokh Singh on Friday found most of the roads in a dilapidated condition when he took a round of the city along with officials of the building and roads (B&R) department.
This prompted him to say that he will raise the issue in Parliament as the residents are fed up with this state of things. Chaudhary inspected roads at Avtar Nagar, Basti Peer Dad, Ajeet Nagar, Nakodar Road and Transport Nagar.
He asked officials of the B&R department to explain the reason behind the bad condition of roads, which was creating a lot of trouble to city residents.
He also took a jibe at the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition in the state for the mess.
Kulvinder Singh, B&R superintending engineer, said, “We have inspected all the roads and tenders for repair work have been passed for most of them. The civic body is facing severe fund crunch. As soon as we start get funds we will pass tenders for other stretches too.”
Explaining the condition of the road at Basti Peer Dad, Kulvinder said the stretch has withered out after new sewer line was laid there. The civic body has taken note of this and tenders have been passed for carrying out repair work which will be completed in three months.”
Expressed concern, MP Chaudhary said the state ruled by the Badals is headed to doom. The UPA government provided the state with around Rs 220 crore under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, but the money was returned as the state failed to bear its 20% share, he said.
The MP came heavily on the NDA government led by Narendra Modi saying the country is going to the dogs due to the whims and fancies of the leaders of the governments at the Centre and state.
He said Jalandhar is going through the worst phase in the history of Punjab.
“I am a committee member of the urban development ministry which has envisaged the project of building smart cities across the country. After seeing the condition of Jalandhar, I am appalled by fact the Modi-led NDA government is only selling dreams. They talk about building smart cities but the already existing cities have been reduced to rubbles,” Chaudhury.
“The SAD-BJP coalition in the state is also fooling the people. The UPA government declared Punjab, West Bengal and Kerela as debt-stressed states and was ready to give our state financial assistance, but as soon as the NDA regime took the reins Punjab was removed from the list. The people of state have been cheated,” he added.
Santokh Chaudhury also took note of the Jalandhar-Panipat highway and asked the officials of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and SOMA-Isolux about the progress of the project.