A portion of a road leading to Shant Nagar in the Civil Lines area here is a source of great trouble for commuters and residents of the area, having mostly government employees' residences .
The section of the road has developed deep pits making it almost impossible for the commuters to ply their vehicles on that patch. It has become a small pond in the middle of the road.
Residents rued that the road developed these pits due to the plying of heavy vehicles on this narrow road to ease out traffic from the city.
Now heavy vehicular traffic on this road has been stopped, but the road lies in a shambles and nobody has bothered to carry on the necessary repairs.
Maya Ram, who resides in a makeshift house in the area, said that the administration had diverted the heavy vehicular traffic via this road for some time, but the narrow road, unable to cope with the heavy vehicles, developed pits.
"Now during the rains, these pits remain filled with water leading to the spread of mosquitoes and also making it difficult for the commuters to drive vehicles," he said.
Another resident Gyan Vati said that the pits, full of stagnant water for days, have been posing a threat of the spread of diseases not only for those living in makeshift houses, but also in nearby government quarters.
Superintendent engineer (SE), Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB), BD Singla, said that it is to be verified whether the road is maintained by the corporation or the Bathinda Development Authority. 'Even if the road is to be maintained by the BDA, I will take up the matter with MCB commissioner and, if possible, will get this patch repaired as soon as possible," he added.