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As Union minister comes calling, potholes vanish overnight in Mohali

While residents run from pillar to post to get the authorities to do repairs in their area, such alacrity on the eve of minister’s visit reinforces cynicism about the system.

punjab Updated: Aug 06, 2017 12:12 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Mohali
Harsh Vardhan,Mohali,GMADA
A view of the repaired road leading to NABI in Sector 81, Mohali, on Saturday.(Sikander Singh/HT)

It seems Greater Mohali Urban Development Authority (GMADA) wakes up from its slumber only when VIP come visiting the city.The union minister of Science & Technology, Harsh Vardhan, will be at National Agri-Food Biotechnology (NABI) in Sector 81 on Sunday at 10am.

How else can one explain the situation where the dividing road between Sector 79 and 80 was crying for repair for a long time. The stretch had over 100 potholes, a figure given by the area residents.

But on Saturday, the engineering wing sprang into action and was seen busy filling the potholes. Despite repeated requests, GMADA did not start any repair of patchwork, claiming that the estimates are under various stages of approval.The road leads to institute in Sector 81 and will ensure a smooth ride to the minister.

“This shows that 70 years after Independence, common man in this country has no value as all the amenities are meant for VIPs and ministers,” said Sucha Singh, president of Sector 76 to 80 plot allotment and development welfare committee.

He said the residents of these sectors are running from pillar to post for the last four years to improve the condition of the roads in these sectors but the process of the approvals are very slow in GMADA.

“I am surprised that the minister is coming for few hours and the authorities filled all the patches, where as we, the common public, face huge harassment everyday when we negotiate these big potholes. Is this the country that really claims that system is meant to help citizens?” he questioned

He added that their representation for adequate facilities is pending for long and there is little improvement on the ground.

When contacted, GMADA's executive engineer Naveen Kamboj said they are equally sensitive towards the residents’ demand.

The patchwork on Saturday was necessary as per the protocols. But the repair work of all sectors from 76 to 80 will start after the monsoon as the budget estimates worth Rs 2 crore is already gone to higher officials for administrative approval.

First Published: Aug 06, 2017 12:12 IST