Slapdash Road Repair For Minister's Visit

After years of disrepair, a road was hurriedly constructed overnight for the Chief Minister's visit in Bageshwar, Uttarakhand. Bageshwar’s inhabitants have suffered for years from the bad quality of the main road. Riddled with potholes, the road caused multiple accidents, and considerably slowed down the journeys of the villagers. The terrible state of the road was largely due to the negligence of local officials and of the Public Works Department (PWD), who did not use funding allocated to properly tar the road and maintain it. It is only when the Chief Minister prepared to visit the area that the PWD hastily took action. The road was tarred overnight. On the day of the Chief Minister’s visit, the latter was presented with quality road. But soon the tar started deteriorating and potholes formed again. Accidents started occurring again with the same frequency. Recently, a bus’s tire got stuck in one of the potholes and was overturned, causing the death of 6 people. Vipin Joshi, our Community Correspondent, was taken aback by such a blatant example of embezzlement. “The situation was impossible for locals for many years. Things change only when some VIP is coming. The PWD does not pay attention to the welfare of people here,” said Vipin. Vipin hopes that his video will expose the local state of affairs. He wishes to take his video to the PWD officials, to confront them with the situation in Bageshwar.

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