Amritsar, August 18
A major portion of the nullah (drain) road, which connects Majitha Road to Fatehgarh Churian Road, has caved in recently. Initially, it was a small hole that gradually turned into a 10 feet wide crater. Under the road is a sewage pipeline which has led to water accumulated in the caved in portion. Though no injury to any commuter has been reported, residents say the officials concerned should have sprung into action immediately after the road started caving in as it can lead to a serious mishap.
The incident also exposes the quality of work undertaken by the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT).
The size of the crater has been increasing day by day. Ironically, the civic body did not make any effort to repair the sewerage line. The caved in portion has been barricaded but two-wheelers still pass through this stretch.
Meanwhile, officials of the Amritsar Improvement Trust said the road belonged to the Municipal Corporation (MC), so the civic body was responsible for repair works.
Raminder Singh Kahlon, Executive Engineer, AIT, said, “The Sewerage Board had installed the pipeline and the AIT had constructed the road. The road belongs to the MC. We are not responsible for its maintenance. The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has dug up the footpath to lay wires. They did not install the tiles properly, thus the rainwater damaged the road. The MC had issued no objection certificate (NoC) to the PSPCL and charged fee for road digging. So they are responsible for the repair work.”
Meanwhile, PK Goal, Superintending Engineer, MC, said, “Earlier, there was no road on the nullah. The Sewerage Board installed the pipeline and the AIT constructed the road that has got damaged now. So how can MC be held responsible? We will check the status.”
Jagdish Raj, Executive Engineer (North), MC, didn’t respond to repeated phone calls. The construction of the nullah road was one of the major development works done by former Local Bodies Minster Anil Joshi during the SAD-BJP regime. The AIT had constructed the road to cover the nullah (drain) before the Assembly elections.
Joshi had got it done through the AIT instead of the MC to bypass the civic body to ensure that no politician can interfere in the work. Now, the AIT and MC are passing the bucks on this issue.