ABID SONI-BHALWAL-The Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) and the National Highway Authority are lethargic and apathetic to people’s grievances regarding dilapidated state of roads.

The Liaquat Shaheed Road, Mander Road and Kutchehry Road are dilapidated which have made the life of the people especially traders, bankers, and shopkeepers cumbersome. Jilts, speed humps and stones scattered around have made the roads impassable and no-go areas not only for traders but also for customers.

The traders of Liaquat Shaheed Road said that they had protested time and again to garner attention of the government towards the issue but to no avail, as no action has so far been taken to redress their grievance.

Businesses on the roads are succumbing to slumps as customers hate to visit such ropy, shabby and tatty roads. They demand the authorities concerned to take the note of the situation and ensure completion of Liaquat Shaheed road, Mander Road and Kutchehry Road forthwith.

There is no shortage of funds provided by the government as only decisions about where to start the roads have been delayed since 2013.

According to a notification titled the National Highways and Strategic roads (control) Rules 1998 Amended in 2002 issued by Government of Pakistan ministry of communication chapter 3 provides for power and duties of NHA to undertake any work and incur expenditure on works of National Highways. However, Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2001 empowers TMA to make roads, signs on roads, parking places, transport stations, stops, stands and terminals.