Potholed roads irk Mandi villagers

  • Roop Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Mandi
  • Updated: Jun 06, 2015 20:43 IST

Residents in Mandi are upset over the poor state of the Nalsar-Ghasanu-Motipur road that connects Sundernagar with Mandi via Gagal, roads connecting Jogindarnagar and Kass-Bhaura-Gaduhi road, which has been closed for past seven years.

Balh and Mandi Sadar segment residents have alleged that the public works department (PWD) has failed to repair the important route from the past one year. In absence of any repair work, potholes dot the road, making it accident-prone, they said.

The residents said the area was a thickly populated one and considered a fertile vegetable belt. Such roads should get due attention from the government, they said.

Villagers have demanded immediate repair of the road and said the quality of tarring was done a year ago was not up to the mark.

PWD executive engineer DC Yadav said he had already asked the assistant engineer concerned to start the repair work at the earliest.

Meanwhile, residents of Neri Chimhanu area of Jogindernagar sub division area submitted a memorandum to local sub divisional magistrate (SDM) and public works department (PWD) executive engineer, demanding repair of the Jogindarnagar road, on Thursday.

The residents have alleged that widening work of Basahi-Kandpatan (10 km stretch) was under progress for the last 10 years and that the construction company had failed to complete the work. The residents added that tarring was done on a 3 km stretch, which was damaged within six months.

The locals have demanded to hand over the widening work to some other contractor and set an inquiry into the matter to find out the quality of tarring. They have also demanded that the construction company should be brought blacklisted for delaying the work and wasting the money of public.

Meanwhile, despite spending lakhs on the Kass-Bhaura-Gaduhi road, which was constructed in 2006, in Jogindernagar sub division, has been closed for about seven years due to one or the other reason. Initially while the land was being demarcated for the road, the revenue department of the government demarcated a certain stretch of the land as that falling under the forest department, but later it was discovered that the land belonged to a resident of the village.

The resident has now refused to give his land for the road due to which the road has now been closed for the villagers.

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