Road Rot

This stretch is a picture of neglect

Bohri Sahib road lies in a dilapidated state, authorities look the other way

This stretch is a picture of neglect

Poor condition of Bohri Sahib road at Kot Khalsa in Amritsar. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 21

Though the Municipal Corporation (MC) had sanctioned Rs 20 crore for re-carpeting of major roads in June this year, a few roads in the city are still facing neglect. A stretch of road from Marrian Wala Morh, Kot Khalsa, to Gurdwara Bohri Sahib, generally known as Bohri Sahib Road, is in a pathetic state.

Residents of the area have been complaining about the poor condition of roads for long but to no avail. They complained that they were granted nothing concrete except fake promises.

}The road got damaged a few years ago. Earlier, this stretch was riddled with large potholes. During monsoon, they used to get filled with rainwater, which used to render this road totally non-motorable. Many incidents have taken place on this stretch owing to its dilapidated state. Now, the authorities have laid stones on the road but there is no deadline for its re-carpeting.  —A Resident of Kot Khalsa

Devotees visiting Gurdwara Sahib have to face a lot. Heera Singh, a resident of Kot Khalsa, said, “The road got damaged a few years ago. Earlier, there were large potholes on the road. These would get filled with rainwater, rendering it non-motorable and sometimes even leading to accidents. Now, the authorities have laid stones on the road but there is no deadline for its re-carpeting.”

Harpreet Singh, another resident of area, said, “We often met the representatives of our area and officials and demanded re-carpeting of the road. They assure to re-carpet it.” Gurpreet Mintu, BJP leader and former councillors of the area, said, “Earlier, the road stretch from main chowk to Bohri Sahib had been recarpeted but it got damaged again. Now, they have announced to recarpet again but didn’t start yet.”

Sukhbir Singh, Ward No. 78 councillor stated that the estimate for the maintenance of Bohri Sahib Road has been prepared. It would be recarpeted soon.

Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said: “We have recarpeted several roads and the remaining work would be undertaken within a few months. The government is committed for overall development of the city. No road would be ignored as there is no scarcity of funds.”

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