State Of The Economy 2014

Innings over

Abysmal infrastructure and competition from nearby clusters are choking Jalandhar units

Vishal Koul

Take the Pathankot highway. Once you hit a road full of potholes, you’ll be on the right track.” As we bounce our way to one of the 10 industrial complexes in Jalandhar City, it is obvious that Satish Wasan wasn’t joking — turn off the Grand Trunk Road, and there seem to be more potholes than road on the 6-km stretch leading to the Sports & Surgical Complex. Granted, most roads in Punjab are a mess, but this one seems particularly bad. “This road has been like this since the India-Pakistan war. We point it out as a landmark when giving directions to people,” says Wasan when we reach his factory.