Built at a cost of Rs.64 crore, a new bridge over the Sutlej river in Ropar, Punjab, has been ready for 3 months but lies unused and unopened to traffic, all because the VVIPs seem to be too busy to find time for a grand inauguration.
Sources say Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari was a candidate but he has not been able to meet the state government’s schedule.
Area residents say they are baffled because they have urged the administration many times but they don’t listen. The zone is accident prone, the condition of the old road is bad, and the bridge could have shortened their journey to the city, schools and hospital.
The unused bridge is now a source of politics as the opposition Congress says the Akali Dal-BJP government does not want to miss a chance to take credit for a project funded when the UPA was in power. One Congress leader says the funding for the bridge was done during the Congress government’s time in power, but all they want is the bridge to be opened soon.
The ruling party claims that it will be opened, but still does not specify when.