The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the MCD to carry out re-laying of all damaged roads in the capital on a war footing before the Commonwealth Games.
The court had earlier said that the image of the national capital will take a severe beating in the eyes of the world if the potholed roads are not repaired on time.
Reminding that the games are to be held immediately after the monsoon, Justice Kailash Gambhir asked the civic agency to ensure that substandard material is not used for the repairs.
“MCD may ensure re-laying of the roads keeping in view the fact that Commonwealth Games are going to be held in October...let modern technology and standard material be used to ensure that roads do not crumble with the onset of monsoon,” the court said.
MCD has been asked to carry out the work in consultation with the Public Works Department and Central Road Research Institute. The court began issuing a series of directions to improve the condition of roads in 2008 while hearing the anticipatory bail plea of road contractor Rakesh Tyagi against whom the police has filed an FIR related to corruption on a complaint by a resident welfare association in Old Rajender Nagar.
Expressing concern about the poor shape of Delhi roads, the court had repeatedly pulled up the MCD for not doing enough to crackdown on the nexus between its corrupt engineers and contractors holding it primarily responsible for the state of affairs.
“It is a daily experience of Delhiites that roads are not worthy of use. Many accidents take place only on account of the sub-standard material used by the contractors and the same is done in active connivance and collusion with the engineering staff concerned of the MCD and other agencies,” Justice Gambhir had said earlier.
Hindustan Times had first highlighted the corruption in September 2008 through a hard hitting campaign dealing with the pathetic condition of city roads. It also highlighted how lucrative it was for corrupt MCD engineers who colluded with contractors to keep roads in bad shape. MCD immediately took action against 19 contractors.