IT IS A BYPASS ALRIGHT, BUT SHOULD THAT ALSO MEAN BYPASSED BY MAINTENANCE AND UPKEEP?


Gangtok, 11 Jul:

The poor condition of the Indira bypass stretching from Amdo Golai to Bojoghari has been inconveniencing drivers, commuters and pedestrians especially now with the onset of monsoons.

Bad roads littered with potholes in certain areas like Bar Pipal have made driving and walking risky and dangerous.

With ineffectual at most places, and completely missing from other sections, drainage facilities, this has meant that the bypass often has rain water flowing on the road surface which is directly affecting driving.

“Driving can become difficult here with huge potholes and the poor condition of drains,” says Anil Lama, a driver.

The poor condition of the roads also results in traffic jams, he added.

Similarly, a local resident, Mani Pradhan, has expressed concern on the pathetic condition of the road here. He held that such an important road, which is also a state highway, should be better maintained and the government should pay immediate attention.

A few months ago, an association of drivers had repaired some portions of the road, an initiative which had highlighted the apathy of the concerned department towards maintenance of an important arterial road.

The pathetic road condition also stretches from the District Administration Office area to Manbir Colony.

“As far as I remember the last road carpeting was done during PM Modi’s visit. Since then there has been no further development,” said a local resident, Chultim Tenzing.

The ongoing rainy season will further aggravate the condition which will further hamper smooth traffic movement and make travelling more risky and dangerous.