For last ten years the road between Miran Sahib to Bishnah via Maralia and Kotli Mian Fateh has been giving sleepless nights to the residents of the villages on this stretch because the condition of the road has gone from bad to worse. The stretch between Dak Bungalow Maralia to Kotli village, and from there to Bishnah has not been relaid for over fifteen years allege residents, and they also accuse the officials of being apathetic to their demands.
Krishan Kumar, a resident of Bishnah says that despite repeated pleas to the MLA, and officials of the government nothing has moved and road remains in permanent disrepair. Instead of recarpeting the road, the contractor repeatedly uses stone ballast, and sand to fix the road, and it gets dissolved after a couple of rains. Several accidents have happened on this road, and bikes and cars have been damaged due to large potholes, allege residents.
Sources said that while no answer is given by authorities the need is to probe how many times this road has been built on papers.
Locals suspect that funds to build this road might have been siphoned by officials, and contractors as is the norm in the rural areas where work orders on paper are planned, and money is accounted for but no execution happens on the ground. In fact several officials have developed an specialization in creating estimates, and documents for projects with great detail only to get the money released from the treasury officials who also get a cut for releasing such funds.
In the wake of such serious corruption it is high time the state government takes stock of the Miran Sahib-Bishnah road and hold an inquiry into what has failed the officials from building it for almost a decade.