Instead of repairing the much-needed ones, the authorities have shifted focus on widening the society roads, which isn't the prime need of the hour.
The defaced state of roads in Lucknow has become such a common sight that it doesn't seem like a problem to people who've by now learnt how to make their way through roads full of risks. Perhaps that's the reason why roads across many parts of the city, witnessing a high daily traffic are lying unattended since years now. But these problems are pretty common to even talk about and there's something more bizarre happening right now, that actually needs attention.
Pushing aside the prime need of the hour
While most roads are lying in a pathetic state, Nagar Nigam's attention has gone towards the society roads which were in perfect condition. Instead of repairing the much-needed ones, the authorities have shifted focus on broadening the society roads, which isn't the prime need of the hour.
Furthermore, the work has been absolutely slow and the residents have had to face a lot of trouble due to it. With the outsides of their homes excavated and left just like that for weeks, it has become impossible for the residents to pull out their vehicles or even walk without tripping over the debris. Additionally, taking up this work during a pandemic has increased the chances of incurring respiratory diseases and as per residents of Indira Nagar Sector-20, this has caused a major hindrance to cleanliness too.
However, what's more concerning is the fact that while adjacent main roads lie broken and in a really pathetic shape, society roads in a good condition are being focused at. The question remains, why such a hurry to broaden the roads, when there are roads which need attention, at the earliest?
Amit Agarwal, a resident of Indira Nagar Sector 20 was quoted saying, "We had no access to water for 2 days straight as the JCB brought in for construction work damaged our water pipe and of course, we haven't been compensated for it by the authorities. Due to the intense digging up, muddy water drenched the area outside of our house for a whole day and without any other option, all of us had put up with it. This whole project has only caused us huge inconvenience and the authorities aren't even making up for it."
Who's Listening or Answering?
These issues require immediate redressal but the question is- who is listening or is willing to answer? Although this isn't a new problem, it still requires attention of the authorities and the silence of the higher powers involved in this venture, is simply appalling.
Information and photos shared by Amit, a resident of Indira Nagar