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'Commuting on Patiala roads a nightmare'

Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times  Patiala, August 26, 2013
First Published: 22:50 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 22:51 IST(26/8/2013)

The apathetic attitude of the municipal corporation officials indicates that they have either equipped their vehicles with double shockers or have chosen to turn a blind eye to the deplorable condition of roads under its jurisdiction.

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The city roads, which are dotted with potholes and deep pits, do not only remain choked with slow-moving traffic, but make commuting a painful task, with travellers often complaining of backaches and damage to vehicles.

Even though the MC authorities blame heavy monsoon rain for the condition of the roads, but such claims fall flat in the face of residents' allegations that they have been lying broken for more than one year.

The residents allege that while they had repeatedly demanded the construction of new roads, the MC had failed to even re-carpet or re-lay the existing ones. Even patch repairs were not carried out in the past few months.

A survey of the city revealed that the problem is prevalent in Tripari area, Badungar Colony, Model Town, Pratap Nagar, Sanauri Gate, TB Hospital Road, Manshahia Colony, outside the bus stand and its peripheral areas, and Guru Nanak Nagar, among others.

The problem is more severe in the areas where the MC had installed new sewerage pipes. In many areas, in spite of laying new sewerage systems nearly a year ago, the civic body had failed to construct roads in the area, making it difficult for residents to commute.

"The poor condition of the roads shows the futility of politicians' efforts to meet the demands of those they represent. Even protests have failed to move the insensitive authorities," alleged Sanauri Gate resident Paramvir Singh.

"The situation becomes even worse during rains when the potholes get filled with water as you never know might fall into one," Arya Samaj resident Anil Puri said, adding that locals themselves had temporarily filled in potholes in the area after the MC failed to take up repair work.

"The peripheral roads are the worst hit," he added.

Denying the allegations, mayor Amarinder Bajaj said most of the roads suffered major damage due to heavy rain, which also forced the authorities to halt construction and re-carpeting work.

"Tenders for construction of the roads will be floated soon and work would be started from September 15 onwards," he claimed, adding that the local improvement trust would repair the 2-km stretch from Badungar Colony to Khalsa College and Government Medical College and Hospital at a cost of RS 4 crore.

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