Residents of Pahrianwali, a small town in Mandi Bahauddin district, frustrated with the government officials and politicians of the area, have started the repair work of a seven-kilometer long dilapidated road on their own.
According to local sources, the road passing through the town and connecting it to nearby villages has potholes due to lack of maintenance for a long time. The local people kept approaching the administration and political figures for reconstruction or repair of the road but to no avail.
Sources say that local police officer Nadeem, who is a resident of Pahrianwali, initially started repairing a section of the road in front of his house by filling potholes. Later, a group of local youths, who run a welfare society, also joined in and began repairing the seven-kilometer road from Pahrianwali base, which connects the city to three villages.
Sources said that Rs 2.2 million has been spent on the road repair work so far, adding that the money is being donated by local philanthropists, including a group of expatriates.
They say an engineer, who is a resident of the area and is now on a day’s leave from government work, is volunteering and using his expertise for the self-help project.
An official of the welfare society says that the total cost of the road repair work will be Rs 30 lakh. They claim that the society has already constructed many streets and minor drains in the city, besides installing street lights and providing scholarships to needy students.