RAWALPINDI - Though the government of Punjab is spending billions of rupees on road projects, the residents of Dhama Syedan, Sadiq Town, are facing hardships because of broken road leading from Dhama Morr to Imambargah area.

The road is in so dilapidated condition that some of its sections are impassable. Motorists and other road users of the area are facing hard time while huge craters developed in the road cause injuries to shoppers and children in darkness.

Dhama Syedan, Sadiq Town, is a thickly populated area of NA-52 constituency wherefrom Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan bagged a comprehensive win in general elections 2013. Although Nisar while taking notice of a news item published by The Nation a year back about the bad condition of the road had released funds and the road was repaired yet craters of various radii again developed in the road, making it 'no-go zone' for pedestrians as well as commuters. The residents of areas, including Sadiq Town, Ali Town, Mumtaz Market, Dhoke Haji Niaz Ali, Kalhoor, Ziarat Baba Shahmoor, Khatana and Dhoke Lal Shah, are suffering owing to bad condition of the road.

Shakeel Ahmed, a taxi driver, told The Nation on Friday that it has become really difficult for the commuters to move on this road. He said that he has taken up this matter with elected representatives many times but no body is taking action. Zaman Khan, a shopkeeper, said that the craters have become dangerous, as many shoppers including children have got injured after falling into the craters.

He said that the public elected representatives and other political leaders of the ruling party have carpeted roads and streets leading to their houses but have neglected the main road.

"My six-year-old son Usman Kiyani sustained critical injuries after falling into a crater while returning from school 10 days ago. Moving on this broken road is dangerous for us," said Shaista Khatoon, a resident of Sadiq Town. A large number of residents of Mumtaz Market also expressed their concern over the broken road and demanded of MNA and MPA of the areas to pay heed to the lingering issue.

Despite repeated attempts authorities concerned including TMO Potohar Town, MNA and MPA of the area could not be approached for their comments.