Illegal digging by telecom companies to install wires and damaging city roads continues under the nose of Municipal Corporation. On Monday, a major portion of the road- almost 25 feet long and more than 6 feet deep- caved-in near Hotel Nav Classic, on Ludhiana-Chandigarh road causing great inconvenience to commuters.
Not only commuters, but also area residents were a harassed lot as the water supply to the area was affected with bursting of the water pipe due to illegal digging and installation of wires.
Residents claimed that water supply in the area was erratic since last four days when digging was in progress. A resident said, “We noticed the cave-in late on Sunday. After road caved-in, water also started seeping out which means the water pipe beneath was also damaged due to the digging. This is clear negligence of the MC. They failed to stop telecom companies from digging roads without permission.”
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“We were calling tanker for water supply as there was no water supply since four days. We called XEN and SDO to complain and they supplied water tanker. After road cave-in it came out that water pipe was damaged and water was collecting underneath,” said Om Parkash Singh Billu, president of Beant Pura Welfare Association.
MC started work to repair water pipes and cave-in with JCB and then newly installed wires were found with Vodafone mark. MC after investigation found that wires were being installed by telecom company Vodafone and an FIR has been lodged against the company with the division number 7 police.
Also MC has claimed the damages of Rs 1,10,000 from Vodafone. Dharam Singh, superintending engineer, B&R, Zone B said, “FIR has been lodged as digging was done without permission. We are also claiming Rs 1,10,000 from the company which we spent on repair works.”
Digging continues despite warning from Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria few months back informed media that action will be taken against telecom companies for digging roads with permission. However, no action has been taken despite Pakhowal road, which was re-carpeted recently getting caved-in after digging by Airtel. MC filed a complaint against Airtel at Sarabha Nagar police station but no action was taken. Last year, in July during monsoon almost 90-feet long cave-in happened in Kitchlu Nagar due to digging by telecom company after which the Mayor had issued the warnings.