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Friday, 23 October 2020

Potholes, stalled work irk Panipat locals

Mukesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Panipat, October 22

Roads in the city and many connecting nearby villages are in deplorable condition. Besides, a major project to connect two states in Samalkha has been shut a few months ago, leaving residents of several villages annoyed. Even the Panipat-UP highway is in pitiable condition.

The four-laned highway from Panipat to Kotdwar in Uttarakhand via Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnaur of UP is being constructed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). The estimated cost of the 207-km highway is Rs 3,250 crore. According to NHAI officials, the work would be completed in the next two years.

The condition of the Panipat-Haridwar road via Sanoli is pitiable, especially near Chhajpur village. Big potholes on this highway could be seen near Chhajpur and Ugrakheri villages. Jugwinder Singh Malik, an advocate and a resident of Ugra Kheri village, said the potholed road posed a serious threat to the lives of commuters, especially those on two-wheelers. "Though work on widening of the road has been started, these potholes should be filled soon so that people can enjoy a safe ride," he added.

Besides, the work on a high-level bridge on the Yamuna to connect Haryana and UP in Hathwala village of the Samalkha area has been slowed down for the past many months. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar along with the Union Minister of Rural Development had laid the foundation stone of the bridge on December 23, 2016, which was to be constructed at a cost of Rs 126 crore.

The Public Works Department had allotted the work order in 2018. Under the project, the road from Samalkha to Dikadla village has to be widened up to 10 metre and 7 metre from Dikadla to bridge and the time fixed for completion is November 26, 2020, but only 25-30 per cent work has been completed so far.

Due to the slow pace of work residents of villages Atta, Hathwala, Bilaspur, Khojkipur, Rakshera and Simbhalgarh in the area are facing a tough time. Dalbir Singh, former sarpanch of Bilaspur village, said the work was stopped 10 months ago due to which people were facing problems. "We have met officers concerned several times but to no avail. The work was started in September but it was again halted last month," he said.

Besides, widening of the Panipat-Assandh road in the city is another major demand of the residents. CM Manohar Lal Khattar had announced widening of the road from Red Light chowk at NH-44 to Assandh road police naka —- a stretch of 2.4 km —- to four lanes in 2018. Now, the PWD has allotted the work to the contractor after two years of the CM's announcement.

Ajeet Singh, XEN, PWD, said the cost of construction was Rs 7.5 crore. "We have also got the forest department approval to widen the Panipat-Gohana road from Gohana Chowk and the tenders will be invited soon," he said. The construction of the road from Samalkha to high-level bridge would be paced up now as the payment of the contractor company has been made, the XEN added.

Threat to motorists

Potholed road pose a serious threat to the lives of commuters, especially those on two-wheelers. Though work on widening of the road has been started, these potholes should be filled soon so that people can enjoy a safe ride. — Jugwinder S Malik, Ugra Kheri village

Work halted

The work was stopped 10 months ago due to which people are facing problems. We have met officers concerned several times but to no avail. The work was started in September but it was again halted last month. — Dalbir Singh, ex-sarpanch, Bilaspur

Tenders to be invited soon

We have also got the Forest Department's approval to widen the Panipat-Gohana road from Gohana Chowk and the tenders will be invited soon. — Ajeet Singh, XEN, PWD



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