ROB, RUB project irks residents

No plan, work specifications displayed at construction sites on Pakhowal Road

ROB, RUB project irks residents

The work for the ROB and RUBs in progress on Pakhowal Road in Ludhiana. Himanshu Mahajan

Harshraj Singh

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 31

Months after starting of the construction work of an ROB and two RUBs on Pakhowal Road, the project plan and work specifications have not been displayed at construction sites. After barricades have been installed to stop the vehicular movement from near Canal Bridge till Hero Bakery Chowk on Pakhowal Road recently, residents and shopkeepers on the stretch are a harried lot.

Several persons complained that the way leading to their properties remains blocked due to the ongoing project these days. They demand from Ludhiana Smart City Limited and the MC authorities to resolve the problems being faced by them at the earliest.

Road to houses remains blocked

Several persons complained that the way leading to their properties remains blocked due to the ongoing project these days. They demand from Ludhiana Smart City Limited and the MC authorities to resolve the problems being faced by them at the earliest. A resident said they were facing a lot of issues since the road had been dug up.

A resident said they were facing a lot of issues since the road had been dug up.

He said: “When the road was dug up, a sewerage pipe started leaking near our property. Now, the work is underway to shift the sewer line. It is difficult for us to reach our residence. I don’t know what plan has been made to resolve the problems being faced by us now. Even no information about the project and its deadline has been displayed anywhere. At present, the stretch, outside our property, has been blocked due to the ongoing sewer work.”

He said: “The project should be carried out with proper planning so that residents and shopkeepers should not suffer. The project details, including map, entire plan, work schedule and its deadline, should be displayed at construction sites for the convenience of people. Space should be left on the stretch for the movement of two-wheelers.”

A group of shopkeepers complained that their business has been badly affected since the road was closed for vehicular movement.

A shopkeeper said: “Customers are not visiting the shop since the vehicular movement has been stopped on the stretch. Even I face difficulty in reaching my shop as a portion of the road has been dug up. A few traders have left their businesses due to the closure of the vehicular movement and high rent of shops. We want that the project should be carried out in a planned manner so that our businesses should not suffer.”

Notably, projects worth crores of rupees under the Ludhiana Smart City Limited and the MC are underway but no information about project plans, deadlines, estimated cost and other important specifications are being displayed at sites.

Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said the project plan and other required information would be displayed at construction sites.

He said they would take necessary steps to resolve other issues too.

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