Southern Bypass crying for attention

Potholed stretch from Jawaddi to Dugri Bridge open invitation to mishaps

Southern Bypass crying for attention

The potholed stretch of Southern Bypass near Jawaddi in Ludhiana. Photo: Ashwani Dhiman

Harshraj Singh

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29

Commuters taking the Southern Bypass stretch along the canal from Jawaddi to Dugri Bridge are a harried lot, thanks to big potholes dotting the road.

Thousands of vehicles pass through the potholed stretch daily. Residents have blamed the authorities for ignoring the potholes for the past several months. They demand the PWD should ensure the immediate repair of the stretch to prevent accidents.

A resident, Damanpreet Kaur, said: “Potholes have appeared on the stretch due to which the chances of mishaps remain high. The authorities concerned must ensure that the road is repaired at the earliest.”

Another resident, Gaganpreet Singh, said: “Commuters are forced to suffer everyday due to big potholes on the road. As the rainy season is just one month away, all broken roads in the city should be repaired as soon as possible. The government should instruct the departments concerned to ensure the repair of roads within their respective jurisdiction before the rainy season.”

Slip road construction hanging fire

  • Work to construction a slip road (from Pakhowal Road towards Jawaddi) is still incomplete due to which commuters are forced to drive on the wrong side towards Jawaddi. This slip road is also a part of the Southern Bypass project of the PWD that has missed multiple deadlines. Earlier, it was stated that work would be completed by March 2020.
  • The PWD Executive Engineer, Davinderpal Singh, said: “We are waiting for permission to carry out patchwork. The stretch will be repaired at the earliest.” He further said: “We have already completed reinforcement work of the slip road. The remaining work got delayed due to the lockdown period but it will be completed soon.”

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