Potholes surface on BRTS track


AmritsarPosted at: Jul 31, 2017, 1:04 AM; last updated: Jul 31, 2017, 1:04 AM (IST)Roads constructed recently but potholes raise questions on quality of work

A large pothole on BRTS track near New Amritsar. Vishal Kumar

PK Jaiswar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 30

The newly-laid Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) presents a perfect picture of shoddy work and poor workmanship if potholes developed on the track near the New Amritsar area is anything to go by.
Ironically, the track hasn’t been used yet as the project is yet to be made fully operational. It is partially operationalised while the Punjab government has decided to review the project, a brainchild of former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Two large potholes have developed on the either side of the bus stop built on the track for passengers. As commuters have the tendency to use the track as buses are not plying at this portion, it may lead to fatal accident.
An underground leakage may be the reason behind the road caving in and it must be repaired soon, said Ranjit Singh, a local resident. He said the authorities should be vigilant enough to know the problems before it is highlighted by the people. “They should keep an eye on the BRTS project. Iron grills have already gone missing at a number of points even before it is fully operationalised,” he added.
Harcharan Singh, a city resident, said the quality of work had been compromised with. The government must take a notice of this and fix the responsibility of the officials concerned as well as private companies involved in the project, he said.
An official of the PWD, who didn’t wish to be named, said the department had already submitted a complaint to the police as far as the missing of iron grills was concerned. He said the officials concerned would be asked to look into the matter.
JS Sodhi, Executive Engineer, Public Works Department, could not be contacted for comments. The construction of the project has been done under the supervision of the PWD.

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