‘Killer’ Chandigarh Airport Road continues to be commuters’ nightmare
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‘Killer’ Chandigarh Airport Road continues to be commuters’ nightmare

One more statistic? Nikhil (18), died on Saturday after the car’s tyre burst and it turned turtle; GMADA has started repair works on the stretch that is replete with potholes, dust and debris.

punjab Updated: Sep 18, 2017 14:20 IST
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Mohali
Chandigarh Airport Road,killer roads,commuters’ nightmare
A biker negotiates Airport Road dotted with potholes. (Sikander Singh/HT)

The stretch where 18-year-old Nikhil breathed his last on Saturday morning after the car’s tyre got burst points to the deplorable condition of the Airport Road as HT on Sunday visited the stretch and witnessed potholes, some of them can be called deep craters, and parts of road dug up for repair works on both the sides.

Ayan, who was with Nikhil and other friends, were travelling to Chitkara University’s campus in Jhanjheri for a fresher’s party, said to police the back tyre of the car burst due to the construction work being carried out on the road. Due to this the car turned turtle. The police have registered a case under Section 174 of CrPc.

It came to the fore that engineers of GMADA had visited the stretch three days back to carry out the repair work on the road. They have already started the repair work on the killer stretch.The bumpy road has been barricaded for the past two days and most of the people are using the adjacent service lane to travel, which is also in terrible condition. Amrik Singh, who started working on the petrol pump two months ago on the stretch said, “No, doubt the roads are in worst condition possible, but the fault lies with the commuters as well. They are mostly over speeding and driving recklessly on the stretch.”

A part of the stretch cordoned off for repair work on Saturday. ( Sikander Singh/HT )

Giving another example that took place on Saturday night he says that around 8pm, a man driving a blue colour Honda City car came to fill the tank and after that driving barely for a kilometre, he banged his car and escaped with minor injuries.

Two accidents, two deaths in two days on Airport Road

On September 14, a tipper had hit two women on Activa. Amandeep Kaur (25), died while Sofiya (26), was critically injured. Admitted to an ICU in PGIMER, she has undergone two surgeries, one for replacing her lower jaw and another for replacing both her knees.

George Gill, Sofiya’s brother said, “The doctors say that she is still not out of danger as there is sever clotting at the backside of her brain, following which the flow of blood is obstructed.”

On September 15, 25-year-old Gangandeep Singh, an engineer working in a private company in Mohali, died on that very stretch after hitting the roadside bus stop after his car lost the balance early morning at 4am.

Late on Saturday night, a Honda car also met with an accident on the same very stretch but the driver of the car survived.

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 14:18 IST