Untouched for two years, city roads cry for MC's attention
Even though the municipal corporation of Chandigarh allocated `151 crore for re-carpeting of roads in city in 2014-15, but merely `70 crore was spent for same. Nearly 90 km of internal roads, in southern sectors are crying for attention from past two years. For year 2015-16, MC has proposed a budget of `80 crore for the same.chandigarh Updated: Feb 15, 2015 22:12 IST
Even though the municipal corporation of Chandigarh allocated `151 crore for re-carpeting of roads in city in 2014-15, but merely `70 crore was spent for same. Nearly 90 km of internal roads, in southern sectors are crying for attention from past two years. For year 2015-16, MC has proposed a budget of `80 crore for the same.
Councillors representing the southern sectors blame MC for giving priority to northern sectors and neglecting their wards.
The most affected sectors included internal roads of Ram Darbar, Sectors 15, 41, 42, 44, 45 and Industrial Area Phase 1.
Also, in the MC house meeting held in January, rising above the party lines, councillors lashed out at officials over bad conditions of roads in the city. They said most of the roads were in a bad shape and officers lacked coordination when they executed road development works.
Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga raised the question of not following proper practice principles to check the quality of road. He said it was either checked at National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Sector 26, or Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12. Bahga said it should be checked at the public works department, Punjab, which was equipped with latest equipment and technology and could not be manipulated by anyone.
BJP councillor, who represents, Industrial Area Phase 1, Satish Kainth said, despite giving great representation to the concerned officers, the roads have not been re-carpeted. They always give priority to northern sectors as many VIPs stay there. We raised the issue in house several times, but nothing has happened. Roads in industrial area are crying for attention from past several years, he said.
Chief engineer of MC, Mukesh Anand says, every year, we re-carpet around 300 km of roads and now we have already floated tenders for the said 90 km of internal roads and are hopeful that work will be completed before March 31 this year.
MC maintains 1780 km of internal roads, while the main roads are maintained by UT administration.
Out of total `151 crore, MC just spent `70 for maintenance of roads last year.
For year 2015-16, MC proposed a budget of `80 crore
MC claims for doing the re-carpeting of 300 km of roads every year.