A patch of approximately 300 metres on the Panipat-Haridwar highway near Ugrakheri village in Panipat is commuters’ and residents’ nightmare. The residents raised the issue on different platforms on many occasions but to no avail.
The Panipat-Haridwar state highway which connects the textile city to Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, has been in a bad condition for a long time.
Shopkeepers in the marble market, residents of Ugrakheri and other villages raised the issue of the poor condition of road before MP Sanjay Bhatia; MLA Mahipal Singh Dhanda; Mayor Avneet Kaur and MC officials several times in the past two years but no sincere efforts have been made to reconstruct the road.
Advocate Jugwinder Singh Malik, a resident of Ugrakheri village, said potholed road was posing a serious threat to the lives of commuters, especially those on two-wheelers. Many incidents have taken place here, when the motorcycle riders have lost balance and sustained injuries, but the authorities have looked the other way.
Gaurav Kumar, another resident of Ugrakheri village, said this 300-metre patch on the Panipat-Haridwar highway had become a problem for thousands of residents of the villages on Sanoli road and the city. Score of marble showrooms are on the road and their business have also been affected due to the potholed road.
The commuters were forced to face inconvenience due to the lethargic attitude of political leaders and government officials since the past two years, he alleged.