Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Allahabad Roads

Both the Principal Secretary and a State Minister had given a 15-day ultimatum to the officials of the PWD and other departments concerned to repair the Mahakumbh-renovated roads which have collapsed in no time. Even if the repair work had been attempted it must have been washed away.

It may be recalled that last year when the road-laying work was in progress, the  carpeting of the thoroughfares with tar was postponed to be done after monsoon as it was apprehended that the same would be washed away in rain. It was done after monsoon and then, too, the roads could not last for even a few months because those given the charge had apparently used sub-standard material to make profit and also to cover their losses caused by the compulsory deposit of tainted commission money into the pockets of the bill passers and cheque givers.
Now with the current heavy and merciless spell of rain being nastier in its impact on roads than any that took place  during or after Mahakumbh, it won’t be unreasonable to presume that whatever repairs were carried out during the last few days must have by now been washed away. But if they have survived the onslaught then that was made possible because of the quality material used.

Allahabad damage roads

Anyway, the Chief Minister, Mr Akhilesh Yadav, is due in the city today. If he doesn’t cancel his visit because of the bad weather and decides to fulfil his engagement in the city, he is unlikely to be able to see the state of our roads—because most of them would be under water, hiding all the blemishes that one would have liked him to personally see.

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