Civic body fails to re-carpet roads

  • HT Correspondent, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2014 00:01 IST

Though the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has sought expert advice from Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, Chandigarh, and National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Sector 26, Chandigarh, for re-carpeting of the road dividing Sector 11 and 12, the civic body has failed to commence work in this regard.

The 1.2 km stretch has been causing inconvenience to commuters as the MC dug the road nearly six months ago and failed to re-carpet it.

Balwinder Singh, vice-president of Indian National Trade Union Congress, Chandigarh, and resident of Nayagaon said, "The commuters are facing a tough time, but the MC hasn't bothered to complete the work. We urge them to complete it soon or we will be forced to hold agitations."

In 2012, former mayor Raj Bala Malik had invited a scientist from Central Road Research Institute, Pune, to offer solutions to the issue.

While addressing all the engineers of the road wing, Malik had floated the idea that the road should be made of concrete, similar to the Tonk Road in Jaipur.

However, the civic body ignored his suggestion as well.

Moreover, the road near Dev Samaj College in Sector 45 was dug up several months ago.

The civic body, as is the norm in the city, left the road work unfinished.

Baljinder Singh Gujral, president of Kesh Ram Complex Welfare Association in Sector 45, said due to the unfinished work, there were huge traffic jams on the road.

However, MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand said, "The work has been delayed as sewerage pipes under the road were found leaking. The repair work is on. We have floated the tenders and the work will begin within a month."

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