Roads outside ISBT in state of neglect
Reach Jalandhar by bus and exit from Shahid Bhagat Singh Inter-State bus terminal (ISBT) and you will get an idea of the torture you are going to face while moving on the roads of the city. All the roads around the ISBT are in inundated conditions and the worst of them being the Garha road.punjab Updated: Sep 03, 2013 16:51 IST
Reach Jalandhar by bus and exit from Shahid Bhagat Singh Inter-State bus terminal (ISBT) and you will get an idea of the torture you are going to face while moving on the roads of the city. All the roads around the ISBT are in inundated conditions and the worst of them being the Garha road.
Leading towards BMC chowk from Garha railway crossing, this road is full of potholes and totally inundated. The road witness heavy traffic daily as it faces two exits of the ISBT.
To reach at the regional office of Employees provident funds organisation, a theatre, several business houses, different hotels, All India Radio and regional Passport office, one has to travel on this road. Besides these, the auto-rickshaws also use this road for moving towards different directions from the two exits of the ISBT.
HT team spent time on this road on Tuesday morning and tried to know the experiences of commuters. All of them flay failure of Municipal Corporation (MC) in providing commutable roads to the residents.
"It appears that MC has no plans for the upkeep of roads. If you check the records, heavy amount must have been spent by MC in accounts during last two or three years on the construction of these roads and in every nook and corner of the city, the condition of roads present different story. Corruption is badly affecting the working of MC," said Tajinder Pal Kaur, a local resident.
An auto-rickshaw driver Sandeep Singh said, "I have to spend heavy amount on repair and maintenance of auto-rickshaw after every two/three months as the machinery gets damaged due to the poor condition of the roads."
The inundated roads had not only provided serious damages to the vehicles, injuries to humans but had also affected the businesses of shops situated on this road adversely.
"I work on a dhaba situated outside the ISBT. People do not prefer to eat on the eating points situated on the road because of dusty environment. Our employment is on stake now," said Gopal Keshi, a local resident.
Pankaj Kumar, Sagar, Inderjit Singh, Satnam Singh, Raman Kumar, Lovejot Singh, Pardeep Kumar, Veena, Ramesh Sharma and Sukhjinder Sharma; all met HT team narrated their experiences and appealed, univocally, to MC authorities, "Wake up please, for the sake of lives of people of city. At least, fix the responsibility on the defaulter contractors or officials approving the payment of construction without every bothering the quality."
Municipal Corporation SDO Rahul Dhawan, when contacted by HT revealed, "These roads were relayed nearly four years ago and completed the life. We have prepared the estimates of all the roads situated around ISBT. In a day or two, these would be submitted in the office for the approval of the house. Once it is done, the work would be started immediately. Till then, we are doing patch-work on the roads to make them motor-able."
Inderjeet Singh, auto-rickshaw driver
Passing through this road is compulsion for us as on other roads traffic police do not allow us to move to avoid rush. The conditions of roads badly damage the vehicles and provide serious shock-based injuries to the passengers also.
Jasmine Kaur, a student
We often get late in reaching our college daily as the vehicles move at snail-pace on these roads. MC should repair all the roads of the city on priority. This road provides very bad impressions to the visitors exiting from Bus Stand.
Somina Sandhu, a student
Passing through this extremely dusty road provides infections to skin also. I have to cover whole of my face sometimes even while I am on foot.
Pardeep Kumar, a shopkeeper
I fell down three days back as I could not balance my motorcycle while passing through a pothole. The road is full of potholes and several people have been injured. During last four months, the roads have deteriorated badly.