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Two Panchkulas? Road leading to BJP MLA’s house tells a different tale

Special material used? Roads leading to BJP MLA Gian Chand Gupta and mayor Upinder Kaur Walia’s residences are in top condition, in stark contrast to the hundreds of potholes that residents negotiate everyday

punjab Updated: Sep 21, 2017 13:45 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
Panchkula,BJP MLA,Gian Chand Gupta
The road outside BJP MLA Gian Chand Gupta’s house in Sector 17; and (right) an internal road dotted with potholes in Sector 25, Panchkula.(Sant Arora/HT)

It seems some roads are more equal than others in Panchkula. Roads leading to the mayor’s and MLA houses are in top condition, even as city’s main roads have turned into a nightmare for the commuters.

HT on Wednesday tried hard to find an inch of pothole on the roads in proximity to the residences of BJP MLA Gian Chand Gupta in Sector 17 and mayor Upinder Kaur Walia in Sector 21, but there was none. Contrast this with the past two days where hundreds of potholes, some so big that they can be labelled as craters, were found by this correspondent. Not only the main roads, sector dividing roads are equally in a bad shape.

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For instance, 1 km stretch between Sector 10 and 11 had 59 pits. Many of them were crater-like pits in front of the bus stand opposite Sector 10, posing inconvenience for the buses at the spot.

Aditya Parkash, a Sector-10 resident, said things would have been much better if the proposal to recarpet the road between Shalimar Chowk to Sector 4/12 dividing road via bus station was executed on time.

The local units of two organisations — Swaraj Abhiyan and Youth4Swaraj —who initiated the campaign to search city’s best pit on Sunday, has already marked over 1,000 pits in three days near Sector 5, Yavnika Garden, Sectors 2, 4, and 20. “As we are yet to cover some of the worst roads like one near Amartex Chowk, we might end marking over 2,000 pits by the end of the campaign on Sunday,” said Harshit, Youth4Swaraj district president.

Trans-Ghaggar sectors in a mess

The condition of roads in trans-ghaggar sectors is equally bad as HT found out. RN Sehgal, president of RWA, Sector 25, said that most of the internal roads inside their sector are broken. “There is not even a single lane which did not have pits. We have requested thecivic body many a times but all in vain,” he said.

Sehgal added their association had even written to the chief minister’s office and to the DC’s office, but no one has come to their help. The former RWA president SS Gill said, “It appears as if we live in a village.” He said the civic facilities were comparatively better when it was under the supervision of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). “But even since the sector was transferred to MC in December last year, development has come to a standstill,” he added.

P’kula top brass in HC on Monday

Hearing the matter concerning the shoddy state of civic infrastructure in Panchkula, the bench of Justice Amit Rawal has already summoned additional chief secretary, department of urban development, Panchkula deputy commissioner, municipal commissioner and HUDA administrator on Monday. The judge has already come down heavily on the local administration for not doing their duties properly.

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 13:44 IST