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Big potholes on Patiala roads turning eye sores for residents

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patiala, January 06, 2014
First Published: 20:46 IST(6/1/2014) | Last Updated: 20:48 IST(6/1/2014)

Big potholes on the roads of this 'royal city' have turned eyes sore for the residents as concerned authorities have completely turned blind eye to the problem for the past many months.

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With other roads witnessing patch work, 3 km stretch leading from Badunger colony to Khalsa college and then medical college has broken down completely for the past one year making it almost difficult for commuters to ply vehicles.


The condition of the road, which was built around seven years ago, has been getting bad to worse for the past several months raising questions over development agenda of civic body authorities.

Besides Khalsa college and Badunger colony, Rajindera hospital and several clinical laboratories are situated on the road.

Though local residents have apprised concerned authorities about deplorable condition of the road but except passing the buck at each other, nothing concrete has been done to provide better road facilities.

Though civic body authorities claimed that improvement trust has taken up the assignment of construction of the road, the trust authorities are yet to start construction process. Meanwhile, the recent sealing of bank accounts of improvement trust may further delay its construction.

"We along with councillors of our respective wards have taken up the matter with both municipal corporation and improvement trust but our repeated demands have fallen on deaf ears", said Rabinder Singh, a resident of ward number 44.

Councillor of ward number 44 Sheela Devi said the situation turned awkward and embarrassing for her also as she received around several complaints on the daily basis from the local residents.

Citizens speak

Yashpal Singh, shopkeeper: Who will be responsible in case some accident or other tragedy happenes especially during rains while travelling through these roads?
 
Mandeep Kaur, student: The stagnated water in potholes often becomes breeding ground for mosquitoes posing serious threat of vector borne diseases.

Ranjeet Singh, retired employee: The road leading to our colony is completely unfit for travelling for past one year. The authorities have failed to do patching of potholes putting local residents of area into lot of inconvenience.

Suresh Dutt, shopkeeper: Despite repeated requests by local, authorities have failed to react over the issue raising questions over sensitivity of representatives of people to pay heed to people's grievances.

Sheela Devi, councillor: We met authorities several times and apprised them about the condition of the road but to no avail.

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