The newly built roads could not bear the first powerful blow of the monsoon rain, which in just two days has eaten into the top three layers of the roads in many parts of the town.
Locals had questioned the quality of material being used when these roads were being constructed. But contractors got away with a few warnings by the local administration and a mild scolding from Ashwani Sharma, the local MLA and the state BJP president.
"There are potholes all over the town and these are going to widen further in the coming days. But chances are once again tenders will be issued to benefit a few persons," said a local resident.
Earlier, the BJP leaders used to blame the Pathankot Nagar council, under the Congress council president Anil Vij, for the bad state of the roads.
"As the council turned into a corporation, we were hoping for an improved and quality infrastructure, especially because the local MLA was so vocal about it. But nothing seems to have changed," said a former council member.
"We saw hardly any action either against the irresponsible contractors or officials who okayed these roads," alleged Jan Jagran Manch president BD Chugh.
Chugh said the problem could only be solved if exemplary punishments were imposed on the offenders.
"You go to the Dhaki road or the Dhangu road, which were built after spending crore of rupees. If these new roads cannot bear one spell of good rain then what would happen after a month or a year?" Chugh wondered.