Voicing concern over the state of city roads, the Delhi High Court has come down heavily on civic body MCD for portraying before it a rosy picture of the conditions three months ahead of the Commonwealth Games in October this year.
"Despite various directions given by this court, the picture appears to be more dismal than what is being shown to the court through the affidavits," said Justice Kailash Gambhir and sought a status report from the civic agency in three weeks.
Citing the recent reports about the traffic jams in various places following short spells of rain, the court said, " .... Roads have caved in due to water logging. Most of the main roads have witnessed long traffic jams bringing the city to a standstill. With the Commonwealth Games in the offing and with this (current) situation, passing the roads would then be kettles of fish for this city.
"It seems that the job of road construction is shoddily executed as most of the roads do not even sustain the pressure of one spell of rain and, therefore, after every rainy season, the condition of the roads worsen and they lead to a sorry state," the court said.
"Looking at the present state of affairs, the capital of the country with its megacity dream, it seems has an uphill task ahead unless it provides smooth, even and quality roads without any potholes."
Pulling up the civic body, the court said various road accidents take place due to potholes. "The PWD and the MCD are totally insensitive to the plight of the citizens."
Taking exception to the claims made by MCD through an affidavit with regard to the testing standards for roads, the court, "The situation is distressing for the motorists as the life of the vehicles also get shortened after they are driven on bumpy roads..."
The court's order came on petition accusing MCD of failure to maintain the roads in the city causing inconvenience to the general public.