Repeated road-repair requests go unheard

ISLAMABAD: Despite repeated requests to repair the dilapidated road from Swan to Kak Pul by the residents of Model Town (Humak), a rural area of the federal capital, the authorities concerned are not paying any attention to resolve the problem.

The residents fear that any further delay in the repair of the road might result in fatal accidents, as motorists had to zigzag their way through the road.

They said they had urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the National Highway Authority (NHA) chairman time and again for immediate repair of the Swan-Kak Pul area of Kahuta Road, and end their four-year ordeal, but in vain.

To express their distress, the residents pasted posters against a local MNA, Dr Fazal Chaudhry, to show that their elected representative had failed to resolve the issue.

Vehicles are driven on the road in zigzags to avoid rough patches, and commuters said that the dilapidated condition of the road was a constant threat to those plying on it.The usual practice of filling the potholes with mud did not work as well, as cracks emerge again within a couple of days, making the journey more miserable.

“This part of Kahuta Road shares a major burden of vehicles, as its one end touches the Grand Trunk Road and the other links adjoining areas to the Islamabad Highway. It also links Azad Kashmir to other parts of the country,” Muhammad Tahir, a resident of the area, told APP.

Another resident, Zaheer Ahmed, said that the local MNA was well aware of the issues, but after his election, he never paid any attention to the problems.

He said the MNA had been approached time and again, but he never gave any importance to the problems of the Model Town residents. app