Rain adds to woes of Pathankot residents

  • Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times, Pathankot
  • Updated: May 15, 2014 23:39 IST

While rain brings cheers on the faces of people everywhere, it adds to the woes of the residents of Pathankot, as they have to struggle hard to find a safe way through underwater broken and potholed roads to reach safe at their respective destinations.

Unaware of deep potholes, many people lose balance and fall and can be seen cursing administration while getting up with mud-stained clothes.

Right from the most busy Dhangu road to Dhaki road, to small streets, which also witness a rush of commuters, can be seen submerged under water whenever it drizzles. In case of heavy rains, the situation takes a dangerous turn and many end up breaking their bones on the broken roads.

The manholes over the sewage lines which remain raised at most of the places also create hurdles in the way of commuters. Two-wheelers or three-wheelers can often be seen toppling after hitting these manholes on roads submerged under water.

The pedestrians also face the same risk as uncertainty follows them at every step which can lead to a fall even if one is cautiously walking.

"There is hardly any portion of Pathankot of which we can feel proud," says an agitated octogenarian Tilak Raj.

"I am fit enough and can daily walk for miles together but on these roads I feel unsafe as you never know when you will step into a pothole, lose your balance and fall down," he adds.

Rajan Kumar, a resident of New Delhi who has come to a relative in Pathankot, sasys, "I have not seen even a single smooth road here and when it rains it turns horrible to deal with your steps. Nature has lent a beauty to your town, but men have made it hell".

The residents of Pathankot had hoped that good times were ahead when it was carved as a new district few years ago but they are a disappointed lot now with the district authorities failing to improve the infrastructure and basic amenities here.

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