Protests by hassled commuters have become a routine as the under-construction road from Sua Road to Baddowal (via Threeke) is giving them jitters. The work on the road had started in July 2011 and the work was to be completed in six months. Thirty months have passed but the metalling work on a 1.6-km stretch has not been completed.
This road starts from backside of Keys Hotel which is around 500 metres away from Phullanwal Octroi on Pakhowal Road.
Besides, Threeke, Baddowal and Jhande villages, the road connects to some residential colonies also but the Punjab Mandi Board and GLADA have failed to ensure completion of the road for which construction work was started around 3 years ago. The residents have complained many times to Punjab Mandi Board, which has to do the construction, and GLADA, which has provided funds.
“This 4.8-km-long road is waiting for completion. I obtained information under RTI Act that Rs 3.82 crore has been spent on this road so far. The Punjab Mandi Board informed under RTI ACT that GLADA has only paid Rs 2.37 crore,” said Gagandeep Singh Threeke, an RTI activist.
“We and other commuters are suffering but the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye. We are also staging protests against the authorities,” he said.
Amarjot Singh, sarpanch of Baddowal village said, “The residents have complained many times but we have now only option to protest. The authorities concerned are not paying attention to complete the work.”
Gurdeep Singh, sarpanch of Threeke village, said, “The condition of other roads which connect to this road is also pitiable but nobody is paying attention. As the rainy season is round the corner, the commuters would face more trouble in the near future. We appeal to Punjab Mandi Board and GLADA to complete the work at the earliest.”
According to sources, due to shortage of funds the work is pending on this road.
Despite repeated attempts, sub-divisional officer of Punjab Mandi Board did not take calls. Also, GLADA additional chief administration Kuldeep Singh Vaid was not available for comment.