On the pothole-dotted roads of this city, tractor-trailers loaded with construction material are finding it difficult to keep balance. These unwieldy vehicles continue to overturn, blocking traffic and injuring drivers and other commuters.
The national highway cutting through the city is in a pitiable condition at Kahnuwan Chowk, Old Sabzi Mandi, Post Office Chowk, Jahaz Chowk, Old Grain Market and the railway crossing up to Verka Milk Plant. Shopkeepers at Kahnuwan Chowk are witnesses to regular road accidents because of the broken roads.
Potholes have shaped the Military Road between the railway crossing and the Grand Trunk Road into dangerous curves that one has to be a stunt driver to negotiate.
Zigzag driving might look amusing to the watchers but the commuter's heart is in his mouth. Confronted, Gurdaspur public works department (buildings and roads) sub-divisional officer (SDO) Harjinder Singh said the potholes would be filled with gravel for the time being.
Sadar Bazar Road, Fish Market Road, Sangalpura Road, Mehar Chand Road, Trimu Road and Hardochhanni Road have been broken for almost a year now. Rainwater gathers in these potholes for many days. Take these roads, and you won't reach office, shop, school, college, and factory, or hospital in time. Either the standing water and bumps will stall the engine or the loose stones will burst a tyre.