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City roads in bad shape even as Ludhiana MC spent Rs 292 cr in 3 yrs

758 road development works undertaken, max 674 in 2021-22

City roads in bad shape even as Ludhiana MC spent Rs 292 cr in 3 yrs

The Dairy Complex road in a dilapidated state. Ashwani Dhiman



Tribune News Service

Nitin Jain

Ludhiana, February 21

The majority of roads, both inner and outer, in the city continue to be in a bad shape despite heavy expenditure made by the Municipal Corporation (MC) on road development works during the past three years.

The MC had spent a whopping Rs 292 crore on construction and repair of the road infrastructure between 2021-22 and 2023-24 with a maximum amount of Rs 262.3 crore spent on 674 road development works in 2021-22 alone, official records have revealed.

Efforts on to facelift Roads, lanes

We are working hard and making massive expenditure to facelift roads, lanes and by-lanes in the city. While the majority of the works have been completed, rest were in the advanced stage of completion. Our endeavour is to provide the best basic civic infrastructure in Ludhiana. — Sandeep Rishi, MC Commissioner

A visit to various parts of the city, spread across 159.39 sq km with over 4,000-km road, lane and by-lane network, showed that most of the road and lane network was in a dilapidated condition with deep and wide potholes, posing risk to commuters.

The road and lane network in the city, which has a population of over 17 lakh as per the 2011 Census and over 24 lakh registered vehicles, besides a huge number of non-motorised vehicles, presents a picture of sheer neglect as majority of the roads and lanes are in a shambles.

Official data available with The Tribune revealed that the MC had initiated a total of 758 road development works at the cost of Rs 291.99 crore between 2021-22 and 2023-24.

While the maximum of 674 works at the cost of Rs 262.3 crore were undertaken in 2021-22, 65 projects worth Rs 23.57 crore were initiated in 2022-23 and the minimum of 19 schemes at the cost of Rs 6.12 crore were initiated in 2023-24.

The civic body records showed that as many as 573 road development works at the cost of Rs 204.83 crore had already been completed while

185 projects worth Rs 87.16 crore were still in progress.

Of the completed works, 563 had been done at the cost of Rs 203.76 crore from the allocation of 2021-22, and 10 had been finished at the cost of Rs 1.07 crore from those initiated in 2022-23 while none of the total 19 projects worth Rs 6.12 crore started in 2023-24 has been completed so far.

The ongoing works included 111 roads at the cost of Rs 58.54 crore from the allocation of 2021-22, 55 worth Rs 22.5 crore from the share of 2022-23, and all 19 projects worth Rs 6.12 crore initiated in 2023-24.

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