As the bad condition of roads continue to plague the city, it is the alternate road connecting Chandigarh and Panchkula via Hallomajra which has become the constant worry of people. While the road on the Chandigarh side runs smooth, the commuters are welcomed with deep potholes, broken patches, and a bumpy ride as they enter Panchkula.
A new route connecting the Hallomajra lightpoint and Industrial Area in Panchkula was opened recently to ease the traffic on the Panchkula-Chandigarh main road via the Housing Board chowk. The latter carries high traffic load, and is also known as the ‘killer-stretch’ for claiming many lives in fatal road accidents in the past.
The new six-lane road is being widely preferred by commuters travelling from Mohali to Chandigarh as it takes less time than being on the busier Tribune Chowk-Transport Chowk-Madhya Marg route.
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When questioned about it, Mayor Upinder Walia said, “An estimate of Rs 4 crore was prepared for maintenance of roads in Industrial Area Phase 2, and it has got all the necessary approvals too. But, the major road block is the unavailability of funds.”
Taking the plea that the code of conduct for the uncommon assembly elections will be implemented soon, Walia said that the MC hopes to start the repair work after the elections are over.
However, the common residents regularly using the road are facing a harrowing time. “The MC must take notice that this 100 m stretch is also prone to accidents as many commuters are caught unaware. This is because the road in Chandigarh is very smooth. The problem worsens with rain. Something should be done,” said Preet Pal, a commuter.
“Even I have received a number of complaints from residents, after which I asked the engineers to do some temporary repair work and fill the patches, so that it becomes commutable. But, we learnt that it requires lot of repair as the potholes are deep. Therefore, this will take time,” said Walia.