Showers leave city roads inundated

Commuters wade through knee-deep water in several areas

Showers leave city roads inundated

Residents faced problems due to waterlogged roads in Ludhiana on Sunday. Ashwani Dhiman

Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 13

Light but persistent showers in the wee hours on Sunday led to waterlogging of several roads and localities.

Two-wheeler drivers, cyclists and pedestrians had a harrowing time traversing through knee-deep water at several places.

Main Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road, Kitchlu Nagar, Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, Old DMC Road (around Commissioner of Police residence) and Old GT Road around Clock Tower were the worst-hit areas where vehicular traffic came to a complete standstill and even those on foot found it tough to wade through water accumulated on roads and streets.

Kitchlu nagar, old gt road among worst hit

Main Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road, Kitchlu Nagar, Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, Old DMC Road (around Commissioner of Police residence) and Old GT Road around Clock Tower were the worst-hit areas where vehicular traffic came to a complete standstill and even those on foot found it tough to wade through water accumulated on roads and streets.

The stretch of Old GT Road from Raikhy Chowk to Mata Rani Chowk (near railway station) wore a pathetic look as the whole road has been dug up from one side to lay storm water drainage lines. The entire area has become accident prone with reports of at least two bicycles and a scooter skidding on the road due to mud and riders sustaining minor injuries. Deep ditches and the dug-up area are filled with rainwater.

To make the matter worse, the construction agency has not put up any warning signboard around the project site.

Meanwhile, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal general secretary Sunil Mehra has raised questions on the working of the Municipal Corporation. He said MC employees seemed to be playing with the lives of the people. He said huge pits were dug up in streets and left unattended for days or even weeks together, posing a threat to the lives of people.

Mehra alleged that residents of street number 5 in Durgapuri, Haibowal (in ward no. 93), were facing trouble for the past five days as the area around the main intersection of the street had been dug deep and left unattended. Traffic through the intersection stood completely closed, causing huge harassment to commuters and local residents.

He called upon MC officials to complete the work for which digging was done and properly repair the dug- up area. He also demanded that big potholes on Ferozepur Road and other main roads and streets in the city be also filled at the earliest.

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