No respite for Dehradun residents from dug-up roads yet

  • Neha Pant, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Jan 02, 2016 17:18 IST
Dug-up Chakrata Road in Dehradun. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT photo)

A number of city roads dug up for laying sewage pipelines will be repaired by the end of January, an official said on Friday.

Residents said city roads had been in bad shape for several months and caused frequent traffic snarls and road accidents.

Vinay Mishra, the project manager of Asian Development Bank-funded projects, said a majority of the 44-km stretch of dug-up roads in the city would be repaired by the end of January.

“We have restored more than 35 km and are trying to wrap up the remaining work within this month,” he said.

He further said that funds had been transferred to the public works department (national highway wing) for repairs of the nine-km stretch highway from GMS Road to Haridwar Road via the inter-state bus terminus.

In October 2015, chief minister Harish Rawat directed departments concerned to coordinate and ensure repair of all the dug-up roads by December 15.

The city police had issued a letter making it mandatory for all government/private agencies to inform the police before digging city roads.

Sadanand Date, Dehradun superintendent of police, had said that agencies responsible for repair work have to fix timeline of completing the projects, failing which action would be taken against them.

Dhirendra Gunjyal, the superintendent of police (traffic), said at least four to five road accidents were being reported in the city every day due to dug-up roads. “All police station in-charges have been asked to take regular rounds in their areas and issue warnings or penalize agencies responsible for the repair work who have not taken any safety-measures,” he said.

“Starting from January 1, police station in-charges have been directed to maintain a diary of road accidents in their respective areas on a daily basis so that prompt action can be taken against the agency concerned.”

“We have been campaigning since June for repair of roads in our area but to no avail,” said Amita Singh, corporator of Mohitnagar ward.

Mahesh Bhandari, president of Doon Resident Welfare Front, an umbrella organization of resident welfare associations, said lack of coordination among various agencies was responsible for the delay in repair of roads.

“For residents in many localities, venturing outdoors is no less than a nightmare thanks to the dug-up roads,” he said.

“We wish that the departments swing into action soon so that residents can take a sigh of relief.”

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