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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

To evade checking, overloaded vehicles use alternative routes

Ravinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Mahendragarh, August 31

Instead of highways, heavy vehicles, mostly overloaded, are using alternative routes passing through various villages with an intention to evade checking and penalty.

The vehicles include those transporting construction materials from the mining areas located on the border of Mahendragarh and Rajasthan.

Residents are perturbed over the movement of vehicles through villages. They said deep potholes had developed on roads as overloaded vehicles kept plying there. Even, the fear of mishaps hovers as children play along roadsides in villages.

"Kutbapur, Shaharpur, Nooni Kalan, Saloni, Guwani and Dublana are the worst-affected villages. A few months ago, an overloaded vehicle claimed the life of a biker in the village," said Vijay Pal, sarpanch, Guwani village.

Ajit Singh of Saloni village said once, they had succeeded in stopping the movement of overloaded vehicles through the village but the traffic started again after a few days. The issue had been raised before the authorities but to no avail, he added.

"Overloaded vehicles avoid the route from Narnaul city to evade the checking hence, these enter from Lehroda village and reach the Rewari-Narnaul highway after passing through Kutbapur, Shaharpur, Nooni Kalan, Salooni and Bachhod villages. The movement of vehicles has even increased pollution in the area, thus affecting the villagers' health," said Siyaram Yadav of Shaharpur village.

Vikram Singh, sarpanch of Nuni Kalan, said many times, vehicles had damaged the pipeline of potable water in the village. A majority of the vehicles carry stones in an overloaded manner, causing a risk to people's lives. Roads here are merely 10 to 12-ft wide hence, villagers have to face problems in overtaking these vehicles, he added.

Manoj of Kutbapur village said an overloaded vehicle overturned after hitting a tree in the village a few months ago. Luckily, no one was hurt. "We are persistently lodging complaints against the vehicles but no one is paying any heed," he added.

from The Tribune

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