Tribune News Service
Amritsar, August 4
Commuters are peeved over potholed roads in the walled city. Most of the narrow winding roads are in a dilapidated condition, forcing people to have a bumpy ride.
Residents say the Municipal Corporation (MC) hasn’t been paying attention towards such roads. Among the bad roads are stretches from the telephone exchange square to Golden Temple, Hathi Gate to Lohgarh Gurdwara, Katra Ahluwalia, Shastri Market, Guru Bazar, Baba Sahib Chowk, Majitha Mandi, Swank Mandi, Katra Bhagian and numerous other places.
A resident of Chatti Khuhi Chowk, Shamsher Singh, said most of the roads in the walled city were in a deplorable condition. He wondered why the authorities concerned were not even bothered to carry out patchwork, which were posing a grave risk to commuters’ lives.
Hari Om Malhotra, another resident, said vehicles break down frequently as most of the roads in the city were dilapidated. “These roads, apart from inflicting damages on vehicles, are giving people, especially patients, a nightmare. The government pompously announced to turn the city smart, but it has done nothing to repair roads,” he added.
Om Prakash Chopra, a resident of Katra Moti Ram, said, “Roads inside the walled city are full of potholes. Besides, several roads are narrow and commuters find it a Herculean task to drive through these. A slight loss of balance for two-wheeler riders can result in a severe injury.”
When contacted, Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said he would direct the officials concerned of the Municipal Corporation to carry out the patchwork.
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