Ludhiana: 133.6-mm rainfall floods city areas

Commuters suffer as vehicles develop snags passing through waterlogged roads

Ludhiana: 133.6-mm rainfall floods city areas

Debris of a damaged wall falls on a car parked along it in the Haibowal area

Harshraj Singh

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 17

As the 133.6 mm rainfall lashed the city, waterlogging occurred in various parts of it, exposing the MC’s ill-preparedness for the rainy season once again. A number of commuters struggled as their vehicles developed snags while passing through waterlogged roads.

A cop tells a commuter to avoid passing through the flooded underpass of the Southern Bypass, Ferozepur Road

Waterlogging occurred on Panj Peer Road, Hambran Road, Chandigarh Road, BRS Nagar-Lodhi Club Road turn, Ferozepur Road, Haibowal, Durgapuri, Pakhowal stretch near Punjab Mata Nagar and many other areas of the city. Waterlogging occurred on even the Malhar Road stretch where the work under the Smart City Mission is underway.

A portion of a footpath made of interlocking tiles on Hambran Road caves in near Kali Mata Mandir in Ludhiana on Friday

An underpass on the Southern Bypass, Ferozpur Road, got flooded badly after the rainfall. A policeman was deployed to alert the commuters to avoid passing through the flooded underpass. Traffic jams were also witnessed on the Southern Bypass stretch near Jawaddi and Ferozepur Road today.

Waterlogging on the Lodhi Club Road turn, BRS Nagar

Road caves in, wall damaged

A portion, wherein interlocking tiles were installed recently, on Hambran Road has caved in amid the rainfall. A vehicle also got stuck as a portion of the road sank at Barewal, Ludhiana. It is learned that the road was earlier dug up for project work.

After rainfall, a wall got damaged and its debris fell on a car that was parked along the wall in the Dugrapuri area in Haibowal. The car got badly damaged.

Meanwhile, the condition of various potholed roads turned worse on Friday. However, the MC had got the potholes patched on the routes designated for the visit of the Secretary of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. But, many of the badly broken roads are still crying for attention.

A resident, Gaganpreet Singh, said, “The authorities concerned should ensure repair of the all broken roads in the city without any delay. Waterlogging on potholed roads is an open invitation to the mishaps.”

The rainfall had started late on Thursday night and continued till this morning.

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