RAWALPINDI-Bad road conditions are the serious challenges the residents of NA-53 have been facing for the last many years. Business activities have slowed down owing to these poor conditions and the transporters are finding it difficult to bring goods to the market and ply their vehicles. Even pedestrians find it difficult to walk on the pavement along these roads. The Dhoke Seydan Road has been in dilapidated condition for the past five years. Punjab government as well as Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has not taken any step to repair the road. The political rift between Punjab government and the public elected representatives of the Local Bodies (LBs) has also become a blessing in disguise for the authorities concerned to make an excuse regarding their inability to repair Dhoke Seydan Road. Huge potholes dot the portions of the road from Bakra Mandi Chowk to Baraf Khana Chowk. Even the busiest Dhoke Seydan Chowk is full of potholes making it a no-go zone not only for the vehicles but also for the pedestrians. In some places, shopkeepers, hand-push carts and vendors have encroached the footpath, forcing pedestrians to walk on to the road. Some 7.5km long Dhoke Seydan is the worst maintained arterial road in the city. The promise made by NA-53 PML-N MNA Malik Abrar Ahmed and his brother MPA Malik Iftikhar Ahmed that the road will be made a model road and has not been materialised so far, complained the residents of the area while talking to The Nation here on Sunday. Atif Nawaz advocate said no drain had been constructed for the outage of water and a little shower is sufficient to make the road a pool of dirty water. Absence of footpaths has also led to a flurry of accidents, he lamented.