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Monday, July 8, 2019

Roads damaged, villagers ‘impound’ sand-laden trucks


Roads damaged, villagers ‘impound’ sand-laden trucks

Tribune News Service

Ropar, July 7

As the district police failed in implementing the orders of the Deputy Commissioner against plying of heavy vehicles on the Bunga Sahib-Nurpur Bedi road, residents of the adjoining villages set up a naka and handed over 35 tippers and trucks loaded with sand, gravel and cement bags to the police here today.

Residents of Barwa, Sekhpur, Lalpur, Chanauli, Mirpur and Bassi villages said they would continue it in the coming days. They said a ban was imposed on plying of such vehicles as it damaged the road that led to fatal accidents. However, the ban proved to be a mere paper work as the police never bothered to stop tippers and truck carrying sand and gravel from stone crusher zones of Algran, Agampur and Khera.

Ropar-based advocate and RTI activist Dinesh Chadha, who led the agitation, said a majority of tippers and other vehicles overloaded with material from stone crushers use Nurpur Bedi-Bunga Sahib road to avoid toll plaza of Nakkian near Kiratpur Sahib. Due to this the road was damaged a few years ago and to get it repaired the locals had to resort to agitations. Several boards displaying the orders of the Deputy Commissioner in this regard were also set up on all entries and exits of the road.

Chadha claimed that the police never bothered to stop plying of heavy vehicles due to which cracks had appeared on the road and apprehending severe damage during monsoons, residents of affected villages held a meeting on June 27 and gave an ultimatum to the police to stop the plying of heavy vehicles.

“As nothing was done by the police, the locals set up a naka and 35 tippers and trucks were handed over to the police,” he added.

Denying the allegations, Nurpur Bedi SHO Rajiv Kumar said the police had been taking action against offenders from time to time, adding that the police would issue challans to drivers of loaded vehicles.

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