Gas pipeline project: Roads prone to cave-in

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AmritsarPosted at: Jul 26, 2017, 12:51 AM; last updated: Jul 26, 2017, 12:51 AM (IST)


A dustbin placed at a spot where a road caved in at Hall gate in Amritsar. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Manmeet Singh Gill

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 25

Recent rains in the city have resulted in caving in of many roads, especially at points where pipes for the gas pipeline project were laid recently. Residents blame the shoddy filling of roads after laying the pipes for the emergence of potholes on many roads. Even MC employees, instead of putting up proper warning signs for the attention of the commuters, are resorting to making stop-gap arrangements.
A large dustbin has been placed on a portion of the caved-in road outside the Hall gate. “Instead, the road should have been mended and if there was a delay, proper glowing signs should have been placed to help people find their way during the night,” said a commuter, Joginder Singh.
The portions of road where the pipeline is being laid has caved in at various places, including Mall Road, the road leading from SSSS Chownk to the Hussainpura bridge and several other places.
“These potholes are created after the rain water seeps in. As these points are mostly submerged under water during the rains, the drivers fail to spot them,” said another resident, Kewal Singh, demanding that the administration should take notice of the problem and take action against the agency which was responsible for executing the work.
The residents complained that as the manhole points were not marked before paving in of roads ahead of elections and they were covered with a mix of gravel and coal tar, the rain water seeps into points where the soil beneath is loose.

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