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Sidhwan Canal service lane incomplete, commuters forced to drive on wrong side

Sidhwan Canal service lane incomplete, commuters forced to drive on wrong side

Incomplete service lane construction work on Southern Bypass along Sidhwan Canal near Guru Nanak Colony. Himanshu Mahajan



Tribune News Service

Harshraj Singh

Ludhiana, February 10

Commuters are endangering their lives by driving on the wrong-side due to the pending construction of a service lane along the Sidhwan Canal near Guru Nanak Colony, Ludhiana. The incomplete service lane was a part of the Southern Bypass project started in 2009.

The construction of the service lane from the closed railway-level crossing (Ludhiana-Dhuri railway line) near Guru Nanak Colony towards Gill Road remains incomplete even after more than a decade. Notably, the railway-level crossing was shut down following the construction of the railway over bridge (ROB).

A resident of Guru Nanak Colony stated that several accidents have occurred as commuters drive on the wrong-side due to the incomplete service lane. However, the authorities concerned have not taken any step to ensure the safety and security of residents.

He explained that commuters coming from Gill Road towards Guru Nanak Colony via the southern bypass road find the colony situated on the left side of the road, with the Sidhwan Canal on the right. When they need to travel back towards Gill Road from several streets of the colony, they are compelled to drive on the wrong-side due to the incomplete construction of the service lane along the canal. Despite repeated demands, the construction remains incomplete to date.

Manjit Singh from Guru Nanak Colony said when the issue was raised last year, the PWD resumed the pending construction work, but failed to complete it to date. Despite some fatal accidents occurring on the bypass near Guru Nanak Colony, the matter is not being taken seriously. Commuters still travel on the wrong side of the busy southern bypass due to the absence of the service lane along the canal. He also said instead of taking the chance of accidents by going the wrong way, he chooses to avoid that route completely when he travels from his house on Street Number 6 in Guru Nanak Colony to Gill Road. He urged the government to complete of the service lane construction work as early as possible.

The Executive Engineer of the PWD said he would look into the matter and take necessary measures.

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