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Anandpur Sahib road repaired for Rs 85 lakh claims 32-year-old’s life


Anandpur Sahib road repaired for Rs 85 lakh claims 32-year-old’s life

Arun Sharma

Tribune News Service

Anandpur Sahib, June 12

The road from Anandpur Sahib to Kahanpur Khui, which is in a bad shape, has claimed the life of a 32-year-old man late last night. The deceased was identified as Balwinder Singh, a resident of Lodhipur village.

Anandpur Sahib SHO Suvinder Singh said Balwinder Singh was going towards Anadnpur Sahib on a two-wheeler. He lost the balance after hitting a pothole in the middle of the road due to which he fell down and died due to head injuries.

The road from Anandpur Sahib to Kahanpur Khui continued to pose threat to motorists even as the PWD had spent over Rs 85 lakh on its repair last year. Potholes on the 16-km stretch had started emerging even before the repair work was completed in August last year. Soon, the road returned to its previous state and nothing much was done to provide relief to the commuters despite several protests by local residents.

Earlier in January 2016, the Centre had declared the road a part of the Banga-Naina Devi National Highway. Following this, the state government stopped releasing funds for its repair. Later, the NHAI also failed to take possession of the road on the pretext of delay in submission of detailed project report by the state.

After a series of protests by local residents, the state government had released Rs 85 lakh for its repair, although it failed to bring any visible difference on the ground apparently due to inferior quality of work.

On January 24, CMCapt Amarinder Singh had announced a grant of Rs 9 crore for the repair of this road. A month later, the grant was cancelled after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone of strengthening and widening the road.

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