Ludhiana, October 20
Residents of Rajguru Nagar, a posh colony developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), continue to suffer from bad and broken roads.
While the main road leading to all four blocks was recarpeted a couple of months ago, the feeder roads in the A and B blocks are yet to be repaired/relaid. In some stretches of these roads, the upper coat has completely given way, with loose gravel and pot holes making it difficult for even two-wheelers and cyclists to cmmute, what to talk of the pedestrians.
Aggrieved residents say senior citizens and kids remain more vulnerable while taking a walk or playing on the bad portions of roads. “The situation takes a turn for the worse during the rainy season or in cases of sewer lines getting clogged when the depressions and pot holes in the roads are filled with stagnant or dirty water and the entire stretch of broken roads becomes prone to road accidents,” says Col Harbaksh Singh (retd), president of the Rajguru Nagar Senior Citizens Welfare Association.
Several residents of the A and B blocks of the colony spoke in critical terms about officials of LIT, charging them with apathy and indifference towards their day-to-day problems as also regarding the maintenance of the colony in a desirable manner. “Complaints lodged by the residents are ignored in normal course and civic issues raised by the suffering residents are seldom, if at all, addressed,” said a resident of the A block of the colony.
The president of the Rajguru Nagar Residents Welfare Association (Block A and B), Charanjit Singh Gill, said the residents were indeed facing inconvenience due to the recarpeting/repair of feeders roads for the last several years and the LIT authorities would do well to take up the work in hand as soon as possible.
According to area councillor (ward No. 73) Seema Kapoor, tenders for the recarpeting of roads in two blocks had been finalised and work orders had also been issued to the successful bidders. “The work on these roads is expected to commence very soon,” she added.
LIT engineer Jagdev Singh confirmed that tendering process for relaying the remaining roads in the A and B blocks had been completed and the contractors/construction agencies had been directed to take on the work immediately.
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