Patiala: Pitch-dark flyover turns a nightmare for drivers

  • Vivek Gupta, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 01, 2016 13:26 IST
The flyover near Diesel Loco-Modernisation Works at night in Patiala on Thursday. (Bhrat Bhushan/HT Photo)

With no streetlights on the flyover near Diesel Loco-Modernisation Works (DMW), the 1-km stretch plunges into darkness in the evenings making driving a nightmare for motorists.

“Though no major accident has been reported on the flyover so far, the stretch remains perilous to the road users,” said the local resident.

“When the flyover was made operational in December last year, we heaved a sigh of relief hoping that it will decongest the traffic in the surrounding areas. However, it is not safe to drive on the flyover at night,” said a nearby resident Surinder Batra.

Meanwhile, the Public Works Department (PWD) and Punjab State Power Development Corporation (PSPCL) are blaming each other for the delay in installing streetlights on the flyover.

PWD’s executive engineer Deepak Goyal said despite submitting documents and required security amount on time, PSPCL officials have not sanctioned the electricity connection.

Goyal said: “When security amount was deposited around a month ago, we thought all formalities were complete, but the PSPCL again raised another liability of service charge, estimate of which was yet not intimated.”

Executive engineer of the PSPCL Sunil Kumar Jindal said it was not their job to calculate the monetary liabilities as the PWD officials were well versed with the procedure. “We have no problem in issuing the sanction letter, but there is delay on their part in submitting the documents. Recently, we received an application and agreement form from PWD which is the first step for applying for the electricity connection. We are on the job and will sanction the electricity connection soon,” he added.

A daily commuter, Sakshi Arora, said: “Trucks and other heavy vehicles make it difficult to drive on the flyover at night.”

It is learnt that cabinet minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, who inaugurated the flyover, called senior officials here to make the streetlights on the flyover functional, but in vain.

The flyover is strategically located as it provides an alternative route from city to Sirhind and Mandi Gobindgarh.

While residents of Urban Estate and SST Nagar stand to gain the most from the project, it also provides a new option to residents from other parts of the city, who generally take a detour from congested Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib chowk to reach Sirhind and other towns located on the National Highway-1.

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