Poor door­way to fly­over irks com­muters

HT Ludhiana Live - - City - Nidhi Bhanot nidhi. Bhanot@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

LUDHIANA: The Gill Road that leads to the Par­tap Chowk fly­over is in a bad state of af­fairs for the past six months.

The road sides are in pitiable con­di­tion and adding to the woes of the passers-by, they are re­stricted from en­ter­ing the area from many sides due to the un­der-con­struc­tion Par­tap Chowk fly­over.

The big potholes in the area give a bumpy ride. The shop­keep­ers rued that in­au­gu­rat­ing a part of the fly­over was of no use if the road lead­ing to it was not re­paired.

"The link road be­tween Gill Chowk and Par­tap Chowk is in bad state for the past six months. We had re­quested the area coun­cil­lor to car­pet the road, but to no avail," rued Satwinder Singh, who runs a gro­cery shop on the Gill Road.

While an­other shop­keeper, Deepak Ku­mar, who runs an iron shop near the fly­over, said traf­fic started flow­ing on the road early in the morn­ing and con­tin­ued till late night, so the poor roads had be­come poorer in the past six months.

Deepak started com­ing by an au­torick­shaw, leav­ing his scooter, as the poor roads dam­aged the shock­ers of his scooter twice.

He said: " Lakhs of peo­ple pass through the road daily and due to the un­der-con­struc­tion fly­over, the en­tire traf­fic was di­verted to­wards the Gill Road, which de­te­ri­o­rated the con­di­tion of the road."

Ra­jwinder Kaur, a govern­ment teacher who lives near the Par­tap Chowk, rued: "What is the need of in­au­gu­rat­ing new projects when the cor­po­ra­tion can­not main­tain the old roads. Though we are happy about the fly­over, at first the cor­po­ra­tion of­fi­cials must have car­peted the roads."

When con­tacted, of­fi­ci­at­ing Ludhiana Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion com­mis­sioner MS Jaggi said: “As the Gill Road was not fully dry, so its car­pet­ing was also de­layed. We saw the road to­day and it will be car­peted overnight for the con­ve­nience of the passers-by.”

HT PHOTO

The Gill Road near Par­tap Chowk in Ludhiana is an eye­sore.

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