Around 400 V-6 roads (internal roads in various sectors) in southern part of the city have been crying for attention for the past three years as the MC has failed to allot the work of resurfacing them.
This is because bidders are not coming forward as the MC has not revised the rates vis a vis market rates in the estimates/detailed notices inviting tenders for years.
In Chandigarh, there are around 1,000 V-6 roads (covering around 500 km) and re-carpeting of nearly 400 roads (200 km) has not been done.
BJP councillor Arun Sood, who raised the issue in the recent house meeting, said, "Tenders have been floated on as many as 13 occasions for re-carpeting of most roads, but no bidder has come forward as the MC has not revised their estimates in keeping with the prevailing market rates and is still depending on the Punjab PWD (B and R), common schedule of rates."
Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga said, "The roads have been suffering as the market rate of bitumen is Rs 47,000 per metric tonne, whereas the rates in the estimates/detailed notices inviting tenders of the MC are Rs 33,000, a difference of Rs 14,000. Under such conditions, no contractor will like to come forward for bidding, so the MC should revise the rates accordingly."
One of the contractors said, "We have urged the MC officials to revise the rates, but they have not done so. Why should we suffer losses? Besides, there is a huge difference between the MC and market rates. The civic body spends lakhs in issuing advertisements of tenders in the papers, but they are not ready to revise the rates. Unless they increase the rates, no contractor would come forward."
VK Bector, general secretary of Senior Citizens' Welfare Association, Sector 61, said, "It is unfortunate that despite repeated requests, nothing had been done to improve the condition of roads in our area."
Councillor Gurcharan Dass Kala said, "Due to poor condition of roads in Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra, residents are facing problems. The condition of the old Ropar road is not good and it becomes worse in the rainy season."