If the big pothole outside the city railway station was providing nightmares to commuters passing through the road, the leakage in water supply pipes on Saturday due to alleged carelessness of railwaymen, has doubled the commuters' misery.
The part of road, under possession of railways, was repaired by laying interlocked tiles and in this process they had dug this pothole and also hit the water-supply pipeline passing underneath the road, to supply water to the nearby office of sales tax department, shopkeepers said.
An uneven gap on the road has also come up as it was raised by 6 to 8 inches. "The pipes got leaked on Saturday midnight. Since then the water has been seeping on the road. We have complained to the municipal corporation authorities but to no avail. They seem unapathetic,"said Satish Kumar, a shopkeeper.
Due to leakage in water supply, the contaminated water was being supplied to the all the shops on the road who were forced to take water for drinking from railway station.
"A part of city residents have been suffering from diarrhoea. Patients with dengue have also been admitted in hospitals. But the MC hasn't done anything. They should have acted on priority basis to solve the problem for the sake of people's health,"said Rakesh Kumar, another shopkeeper.
The road leads towards city from railway station and is used regularly by the students of a senior secondary school and a girls college situated nearby.
"We see students and passerby get stuck in the pothole while passing. A car nearly turned around a day before yesterday. For two-wheeler drivers this road is dangerous,"Arun Kumar said.
SDO (operations and maintenance) Surjit Singh
We came to know about the leakage two days back in a private connection. Generally we do not respond to faults in private connections but considering people's plight I have sent a team to repair the leakage.
SDO (B&R) Manohar Lal Jain
As far as patchwork on this road is concerned we are waiting for the meeting of finance and contracts committee as a resolution of purchasing premix material from a vendor. It is waiting for approval of the House. Once it is cleared, the work will start.
Sudesh Vij, a shopkeeper
For the past more than 10 years, I have been seeing this road remaining dilapidated. It rflects a bad impression to people visiting city for the first time. Authorities are indifferent towards it.
Ravinder Kumar, a shopkeeper
We are getting contaminated water supply as from the leakage point the dirty water is being mixed with fresh water.
Arun Sharma, a shopkeeper
Mayor Sunil Jyoti uses this road while going to his office every day but I am surprised why he doesn't bother to improve it. Several other ruling party leaders are also aware of this problem but noone cares to take any initiative.
Anand Sagar, a daily passenger
Walking down this road, especially during monsoon, is very tough. During school time, students also suffer a lot while passing through this road as their uniforms get dirty.