Af­ter the rainy sea­son, it’s a bumpy ride

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Divya Goyal ludlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Bumpy rides and wa­ter pools on roads even in the posh lo­cal­i­ties of the city have thrashed the tall claims of the Lud­hi­ana mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion's pre­pared­ness for the rains.

Leave alone shoddy mak­ing of roads, the MC is prov­ing to be in­com­pe­tent even in main­te­nance of the roads with newly pre­pared roads fail­ing to with­stand a sin­gle shower. Right from Du­gri, which is a posh res­i­den­tial area to Model Town ex­ten­sion, all roads are pa­thetic and res­i­dents have com­plained to the au­thor­i­ties with no re­sult.

Tar­lochan Singh, a res­i­dent of Du­gri, says, “Roads in our area have al­most van­ished. It is im­pos­si­ble for two-wheeler own­ers to drive. Four wheel­ers are also punc­tured if speed is in­creased even a bit. Filled with stones and boul­ders, no met­alled road is vis­i­ble any­where. Dur­ing mon­soon, roads were dam­aged badly, but af­ter mon­soons the con­di­tion be­came worse as civic body tried to re­pair roads with sub-stan­dard ma­te­rial. So, the ma­te­rial has com­pletely washed away now leav­ing MC ex­posed.”

A res­i­dent of Shyam Singh road, Sat­nam Singh, says, “Shyam Singh road is in pitiable con­di­tion. Sewage wa­ter has over­flowed and is filled with filth and garbage, pro­duc­ing a foul smell all the time. MC has failed to re­pair these roads and has also failed in clear­ing the sewage loaded with garbage af­ter rains. Com­mut­ing takes dou­ble the time it should ac­tu­ally take.”

Roads in ar­eas like Adarsh Colony, colonies fall­ing on Ham­bran road, Rishi Na­gar and some places of Hai­bowal have also turned into stretches of mud and no re­pair work seems to be in sight. So­nia Sharma, a work­ing women who com­mutes in rick­shaw from Adarsh Na­gar to Gu­mar Mandi, says, “Pass­ing through roads of my colony in a rick­shaw is a bone-break­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. A per­son can fall any time.”

Vice- pres­i­dent of Pun­jab State Road Safety Coun­cil, Dr Ka­maljit Soi, says: “Roads are not laid prop­erly. Stan­dards of mak­ing roads have been com­pro­mised. Sub-stan­dard ma­te­ri­als are be­ing used and stan­dards laid down by In­dian Road Congress are be­ing vi­o­lated. Con­trac­tors gen­er­ally make roads for a min­i­mum 3-5 years with guar­an­tee. How­ever, the city's roads fail to surive even months. It is dif­fi­cult to see that how the MC could have spent Rs 3 crore per km on build­ing such roads.”

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