Rainy days ahead, Pathankot doubts if promise of good roads will be kept

  • Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times, Pathankot
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2015 10:52 IST

With the monsoon approaching, residents are skeptical if the authorities would be able to keep their promise of smooth roads in the district by June end.

There's no sight of construction material or machines, and with the rainy days expected to begin soon, people believe this year will also pass on amid hollow hope.

"Our lungs are full of dust… many are suffering from asthma," says Chander Mohan, a shopkeeper in the Patel Nagar locality.

"We face dust clouds during the dry spell and mud splashes all over when a car passes by."

Hopes were raised in Pathankot after MLA Ashwani Sharma and Mayor Anil Vasudeva promised to give the roads a new shape; people were told to be patient until June ended.

The authorities even claimed that they had sufficient funds for the repairs.

Mayor Vasudeva believes there's still time for the deadline and is hopeful that the promise would be kept. But, he says, not all roads will be repaired. By June end, he clarifies, there'll at least be "good major roads".

This has made many, who had already begun to expect a dust and pothole-free city, feel cheated.

"Ours (Patel Nagar) is a very busy road, but they won't be repairing it… we got to know that it is not a priority for them… that is a breach of promise," Chander Mohan said.

Mayor Vasudeva said he has called for tenders till June 10 and that work would start with "full swing" after the tender is allotted. He said he is trying to get the job done before monsoon arrives.

Work on the Dhangu road, he says, has started and added that most of the roads will be constructed with water-resistant material and technique to prevent water-logging.

"Give me time, I will improve all the roads… even I feel bad while walking on these roads," Vasudeva added.

About the Patel Nagar road, the mayor said the stretch will be put under the Pathankot Improvement Trust account for construction.

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