Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, October 17
Though used 24 hours a day, the path connecting BMC Chowk and the Ladowali Road is abounding with potholes.
As the district administrative complex, tehsil complex, police commissioner’s office, SSP office, courts complex, NRI Bhawan, Divisional Commissioner office and the main Suwidha Centre are located along the road, it is used by residents from all walks of life, including government employees, top bureaucrats, cops, politicians and lawyers.
Though the stretch measures just 800 metre, it is severely worn out, making the ride for commuters difficult. As PUDA complex is located on this road that houses several banks, immigration firms, FCI office, insurance company offices, private company offices and eateries, it remains a hub of activity throughout the day.
“This road has a designated site for holding dharnas and demonstrations where all unions and federations burn effigies but neither those affiliated with the ruling party nor the senior government functionaries passing from here everyday have paid heed to its poor condition,” a local resident said.
Navneet Pal, a private company employee, said besides torn patches the road posed another problem. “The level of manholes is higher than the road, owing to which the vehicles tend to bump into the elevated covers of the manholes. There are at least four manholes right in center of the road if one comes this way from BMC chowk to Ladowali Road. The surface around all these manholes has become extremely rough. Even the road gullies on this stretch meant for quick disposal of rain water remain clogged,” he said.
Bakshinder Singh, a government contractor, said: “Senior bureaucrats, including the DC, ADCs, Police Commissioner and the SSP, cannot understand the pain of commoners who visit this road as they use the VIP road and entrance on the backside of the administrative complex for entry and exit. Their road along Master Tara Singh Nagar always remains well-paved while the commoners are always at the receiving end.”
Congress MLA Rajinder Beri said: “We have got estimates of almost all main roads of the city passed. The work on Ladowali Road will begin tomorrow after which we may get the tehsil complex road repaired.”
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