MCD too broke to fix roads, monsoon will be jam season
Sunday's short spell of rain gave Delhiites a good reason to cheer but the coming monsoon won't be that cheerful — especially for commuters. If last year's monsoon was a bad experience for commuters, it's going to be worse this time.delhi Updated: Apr 18, 2011 00:16 IST
Sunday's short spell of rain gave Delhiites a good reason to cheer but the coming monsoon won't be that cheerful — especially for commuters. If last year's monsoon was a bad experience for commuters, it's going to be worse this time.
The Delhi Traffic Police have identified 339 roads in the city, which if not fixed before the monsoon, can create havoc for motorists and those who use two-wheelers and auto-rikshaws. Of the 339 roads identified as bad, 164 are under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's (MCD's) jurisdiction, 103 are managed by the Public Works Department (PWD) and 48 are in the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area.
The roads marked as bad include Janpath, Ring Road, Savitri Flyover, East of Kailash, Adchini to Malviya Nagar, Hauz Khas Market, Minto Bridge, Kali Bari Marg, RK Ashram Marg and Daryanganj Road. Although most of the roads are in the MCD zone, the civic body may not be able to fix them soon because of a severe cash crunch.
The MCD is yet to pay Rs 250 crore to contractors who handled road projects in the past. The civic body was forced to dump several projects after contractors abandoned work in January.
"We have got a copy of the list (from the traffic police) and will try to finish the work before monsoons. Some stretches need construction of drains. We have asked the Delhi government for funds. We are trying to increase our revenue through property tax payment," said Yogender Chandolia, chairman, MCD's standing committee.
"We have prepared a list of roads where waterlogging can happen because of bad road condition and poor drainage. The civic agencies and departments have been asked to fix the problem," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic). The MCD had last September identified 450 points that needed repair before the monsoon but work on many of these stretches is still on.