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Transport Nagar reeks of neglect

punjab Updated: Oct 15, 2013 19:57 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla

Transport Nagar, earlier known for providing best facilities after being established in 1994, has turned into the worst-managed place of the city.

Contaminated rainwater flows on roads, which are already ridden with potholes, due to improper sewage facilities.

The place has now turned into a safe haven for anti-social activities such as thefts, snatchings and prostitution. Transporters alleged that police, instead of patrolling in the area, prefer to stay away.

Besides defunct streetlights, transporters complained about contaminated underground water in the area.

They alleged that neither the improvement trust nor the municipal corporation worked on developing the area.

They had staged several protests in the recent past, urging the MC authorities to improve the area, but the authorities cited lack of funds as the reason for not starting the work.

Sewer lines were laid in the area three to four years ago, but the contractors failed to leave road gullies for the discharge of rainwater due to which rainwater stagnates on roads, leading to mosquito breeding.

“Travelling on roads in this area is nothing less than an ordeal. Most of the people who commute on these roads daily complain of backache and slip discs,” said Hardev Singh Saini, transporter.

“We have never seen any sweeper working in the area. Even the PCR team prefers to stay away because of poor roads. During monsoon, it becomes nearly impossible to commute on the roads in the area,” said Balwinder Singh Romi, another transporter.

Voicing Concerns

Pankaj Seth, transporter
The roads here are so pathetic that our relatives avoid visiting us. Though customers have to come to the area to collect their material, we feel ashamed when they enquire about the area's condition.

Vishnu Joshi, transporter
This must be the worst transport nagar of the state. There is no facility for drivers. To attend to the nature's call we have to go to nearby fields. Everything is inadequate, improper and ill-managed. For the past more than 15 years, we are living in hell-like conditions.

Kuldeep Singh Lubhana, transporter and circle president, SAD
We are taking up the matter with our party leaders. For the area's development, at least Rs 3 crore are required. On our request, area MLA KD Bhandari has instructed the MC to start repairing roads. Very soon, we will approach the chief minister to seek funds for the project.

Authorities Take

Sunil Jyoti, mayor
We have asked our officials to prepare estimates for the work to be undertaken. For the time being, we are filling potholes. Once estimates are ready, we will call tenders and, thereafter, the work will be streamlined.