Though bestowed with plenty of natural beauty and good climate for being situated on the borders of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, a visitor to Pathankot city remembers it for poor roads more than anything else.
The unheard, unattended residents now seem fed up with the authorities and political masters as they don't shy away from terming it their bad luck for being a part of this city.
Though almost all roads in the city are in poor shape, but Dhaki Road, Mission Road, Dhangu Road, Amritsar-Kullu Road are the worst.
The condition of the roads is so poor that one has to look for traces of road among the potholes. Luxury cars make little difference to travellers' agony due to jerks. The old state roadways buses with poor shockers broke down often and frequent travellers complain of backache and slip discs.
Not even a single road can be termed smooth in the city, whose residents were expecting big things after Pathankot was accorded the status of a district. The city has got a number of government offices and officers, but has seen little change in the living conditions which continue deteriorating day by day. The monsoon has further added to the woes of the commuters.
The up-keeping of the city's roads and streets is the responsibility of the Pathankot Improvement Trust and municipal corporation and both the agencies are being looked after by the deputy commissioner. "He can't be unaware of the pathetic condition of roads. I wonder why he is not doing anything in this regard," said Vikram Singh Salaria, a resident of Dhaki Road, which got damaged soon after it was laid.
"How did the authorities clear the bills of the contractor when the road laid by him came off within days?" he questioned. "We have accepted it as our fate. Even the MLA seems not concerned about the situation," said Radha Krishan another resident.
Deputy commissioner Siben C said that he had already pointed out flaws in the contractor's work, so that the departments concerned could take action against the contractor.
The contractors and officials concerned are hand-in-glove. It is shocking that nobody takes note of the poor quality material being used while laying roads. Sanjeev Salgotra, a local resident
Officials who also use city roads on daily basis should feel ashamed of the prevailing conditions. But they are not, it seems, otherwise conditions would have bettered.
Ashwin Mahajan, businessman
Even the death of a teenager girl in Patel Nagar locality due to broken road could not awake the authorities. They should be taken to the courts.
BD Chugh, senior citizen
I am very serious about the issue. Action will be taken on urgent basis. Public can expect some relief in near future.
Siben C, deputy commissioner