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Thursday, 29 October 2020

Rewari district a picture of neglect

Ravinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Rewari, October 28

The deplorable condition of several internal and outer roads in the district paint a picture of neglect as these are neither being repaired nor recarpeted even after several protests by locals and complaints lodged at the CM Window.

People say Rewari is considered the nerve centre of Ahirwal politics and it also finds representation in the Cabinet of Centre as well as the state governments every time but poor condition of roads continue to haunt them due to lack of interest by their public representatives in resolving the issue.

The old Jhajjar road (from Jhajjar Chowk to NH-71 via Gokulgarh-Lisana-Bikaner village), main road of Sector 4 to Sector 6 in Dhaaruhera town, Maharana Pratap Chowk to Mini Secretariat, Maharana Pratap Chowk to Bhadawas road, Gandhi Chowk to bus stand, Nasiyaji road and Sector 18 Women College to Bawal road are in pathetic condition. The Delhi-Jaipur highway and the Rewari-Bawal road are also broken at some points.

"The Gokulgarh-Lisana-Bikaner road has developed deep potholes, posing a serious threat to commuters. The road connects Jhajjar, Kosli and Pataudi towns hence people prefer to use it but the authorities are turning a blind eye to its poor condition despite the issue being raised many times. We even staged protests to attract authorities' attention towards it but to no avail," said Ashok Kumar, a local resident.

Saket Dhingra, an RTI activist, said the road from Maharana Pratap Chowk to Mini Secretariat had been lying broken for past several years. Residents of nearby localities had run from pillar to post to get it repaired but no one was ready to pay any heed. "Though the government had created Harpath app to lodge complaints online about potholed roads but it is proving to be a mere showoff," he claimed.

"The main road between Sector 4 and Sector 6 in Dhaaruhera town here is in a shambles. Dirty water accumulates on the road adding to the residents' woes. We had approached the CM Window to get the issue resolved but nothing has happened so far in this direction," said Deepak Yadav of Sector 6 in Dhaaruhera.

Parveen Kumar, a shopkeeper, blames local politicians for the dismal condition of roads in the district. He said the roads had never been the priority of leaders of this region. Consequently, Rewari is way behind other cities in terms of development despite being the part of the Centre and state governments every time, he added.

Sachin Bhati, Executive Engineer, PWD, said the proposal for repairing and recarpeting of 18 roads had been sent to the head office for approval. "The work to construct the roads will be started as soon as the budget is released," he added.

from The Tribune

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