In the past five days alone, 108 complaints related to potholes have been received.
“Unlike in the past, even NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) areas have become problem points,” said Ajay Chadha, special CP (traffic). “The ongoing construction for the Commonwealth Games is also to be blamed.”
NDMC admits the rise in the number of complaints.
Spokesman Anand Tiwari, however, said, “The traffic police inform us about the potholes but the condition of our roads is quite good. Some roads have been affected but we are repairing them constantly.”
NDMC council member Mukesh Bhatt pinned the blame on Games projects: “A lot of tunneling has been done for Games-related projects that have made the foundation of roads quite weak.” He also admitted there was lack of coordination among civic agencies.
Areas under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) — such as Rao Tula Ram Marg, Vasant Vihar, Moolchand and Moti Bagh — have not fared any better. “During rains it becomes difficult to fill up the potholes,” MCD’s press and information director Deep Mathur said.