Rain exposes shoddy road work


After taking a pounding from rains for around 24 hours, the condition of the roads in twin-cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad has exposed the slip-shod work that was undertaken by the administration before the monsoon season set in.

The asphalting has been cleaned up at many places exposing potholes and uneven stretches, making the roads unsafe for motorists.

After the rain that lashed the city from last 24 to 36 hours, different roads have broken and even big holes could be seen which pose serious threat to the vehicles and their drivers, said a local, Bashir.

The toppings of roads have been flown and accumulated in small mounds, creating unwanted speed breakers, Bashir added.

Some of the worst affected areas are Sadiqabad, surroundings of Murree Road, Asghar Mall, Double Road, Saidpur Road, G-8 to G-9 and especially NDC to 7-Up Chowk.

These roads, which are used by a large number of commuters, present a horrible look as they have turned into pieces after the heavy rains.

IJP Road is one of the busiest roads in the twin cities and the civic body needs to make arrangements for the road’s repairs to avert accidents and maintain a smooth flow of traffic.

“The condition of the road near the Islamabad Railway Station and Dry Port is also very bad and several vehicles have met accidents,” said Bilal Ahmed, a motorist who lives in Sector I-10/2 and uses the road for attending his office in Blue Area.

Residents of the twin cities have urged the authorities concerned to look into the matter and rehabilitate potholes and cracks between the roads to ensure a safe journey for drivers.