Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Poor drainage system, chaotic and hanging electric cables, damaged poles and water logging greet visitors at Lakherapura, one of the busiest markets in the state capital situated in Chowk area in the heart of the city. The situation gets worse during monsoon, say traders and others in the locality.
The traders and residents say they face frequent outages and the customers avoid visiting the market due to water logging and filth and dirt on the road.
Mohd Fazal, a resident of Lakherapura, stated that the laying of electric cables in the area was terrible and several poles were damaged.
“The utility pole is broken and bent and is nested on Mosque’s wall, which is dangerous for the people who go to the mosque to offer namaz. It’s also dangerous for those who visit the market for shopping as there are regular sparking due to chaotic laying of cables. Only the central alley is cemented, but most of the streets are in a very terrible state. During the monsoon season, the problem worsens”, said Mohd Fazal.
The infrastructural condition of Lakherapura has been deteriorating day by day. Due to multiple cables the local residents have even met with accidents.
The local residents have to negotiate bad roads and face vector-borne diseases. There is a single running drain in the area that too is choked every month which leads to the deposition of filth on the roads.
The roads of Lakherapura locality have developed potholes at many places and the shopkeepers in the area fear that the situation is going to be worse in coming days.
A local shopkeeper told Free Press that there are no street lights in the area. Once, the shops are closed for the day the situation worsens for the local residents.
People also complained about the absence of proper drainage system in the area. There is a single drain in the area that too gets clogged frequently.