After the rainy season, it’s a bumpy ride
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.”