Finally, there seems to be some movement and action on taking stock of the bad condition of the roads in Jalandhar.
A day after HT highlighted that a 2-km stretch of road constructed at a cost of Rs 63 lakh and recarpeted two months ago had turned into rubble, a team of municipal corporation engineers led by the commissioner of the civic body Gurpreet Singh Khehra and senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia inspected the road.
Before taking out the inspection, the senior deputy mayor invited the commissioner and other corporation officials at his home and discussed possible solutions to the problem.
After holding an hour-long meeting with officials, including the executive engineer, sub-divisional officer, junior engineer and councillor, the team started is visit on the road that starts from the Babu Jagjiwan Ram Chowk to Gakhla Village Bridge via (main the Basti Danishmandan Road) that was constructed in the second week of December last year.
Interestingly, mayor Sunil Jyoti was not present during the meeting at the deputy mayor's home.
Residents of Danishmandan locality, who met the commissioner and the senior deputy mayor, also complained about the bad roads and sewerage system in their ward.
Khehra, while inspecting the road, said, "I will make sure that the road is carpeted again. The scattered gravel will also be removed from the road to ensure that there is no trouble for commuters on this road."
Commuters, especially on two-wheelers, have fallen many times on the road due to the gravel and suffered serious injuries. As a result, traffic passes very slowly on the road.
Municipal councillor Sushil Kumar Rinku, who was also present during the inspection said, "People have been injured on the road due to the scattered gravel. The corporation needs to take strict action."