Transport is the backbone of any society’s economic activity. However, reaching the Kapurthala Railway Station would make you believe that authorities in Jalandhar are unaware of this adage or simply do not care.
Art several stretches on the road, it can be hard to say whether you are negotiating a cess pool or a road of some sort.
The few metres between Moorish Mosque and Railway Station is in such a dilapidated condition that water stagnates, inviting daily road mishaps and also leading to the spread of water-borne diseases and growth of mosquito larvae.
The Kapurthala municipal council has failed to act to recarpet the road, even as the problem had been brought to its notice several times, the residents claimed.
Threat for a house for disabled
The broken road impacts thousands of people every day and people from other towns also carry a bad impression of the town, as soon as they alight from their trains and see the condition of the road.
Perhaps the worst-affected are the orphan and mentally-retarded children living at Sukhjit Ashram, located opposite the Moorish Mosque and Railway Station stretch.
It also becomes a problem for the shops situated near this road as the customer does not want to enter their premises with the nauseating smell making it difficult to even stand.
Raman Gupta, a shopkeeper said, “Several requests have been made to officials to recarpet and repair the road, but to no avail. Our business has been hit.”
Municipal council engineer Rakesh Sharma said authorities had repaired the stretch, but the patchwork had crumbed as there was no drainage system in the area.
“The slums outside Sukhjit Ashram discharge all waste water on the road, leading to frequent breakage of the road,” he added. MC executive officer Paramjit Singh said, “I am aware of the issue and the road will be repaired soon.”