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Monday, 21 December 2020

Scratched Sec 33 road gives commuters jitters

Sandeep Rana

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20

Commuters have been at the receiving end of the Municipal Corporation's apathy which has stopped recarpeting work on the scratched roads midway.

While residents continue to suffer a bumpy ride on these slippery and dusty roads, the MC has stopped this season's recarpeting work.

During a random check, it was witnessed that the road stretch from the Sector 32-33 rotary to the Sector 33-34 intersection, which was scratched by an MC contractor about a month ago, has not been recarpeted yet.

Another stretch in Sector 9, too, has been lying scratched for the past several days. While the MC officials have shut their eyes to inconvenience caused to commuters, these scratched roads continue to damage residents' vehicles.

'We are tired of MC's excuses'

Several road accidents have taken place on this slippery road. They cite the shortage of manpower and non-conducive weather as reasons for stopping repairs. We are tired of hearing these excuses. —Jagdish Sarpal, sec 33 RWA Chief

What Chief Engineer says

Though the work has been stopped, we will recarpet the scratched roads as the weather is sunny these days. — Shailender Singh, MC Chief Engineer

Jagdish Sarpal, president of the Residents' Welfare Association, Sector 33, said: "About a month ago, the road in our sector was scratched. But despite residents' pleas, it has not been repaired yet. Several road accidents have taken place on this slippery road, but the MC is least bothered. They cite the shortage of manpower, lack of funds and non-conducive weather as reasons for stopping repairs, but we are tired of hearing these excuses."

"Besides, they have dumped all debris of this road stretch in the Sector 33-D market. It has been lying there for over a month. It looks very dirty in a city which is already faring bad in the Swachhata rankings," he added.

The civic body stopped the recarpeting work in the mid of December owing to non-conducive weather. The work is now expected to restart in the mid of February.

Road work is looked after by the MC building and road wing which has been facing a flak for works carried out in the past few years.

Meanwhile, MC Chief Engineer Shailender Singh said: "Though the work has been stopped, we will recarpet the scratched roads as the weather is sunny these days."



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