If you are wondering when the newly-built road in your locality dug up for laying pipes will be restored to its original form, get ready for a long wait.
According to latest Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) records, 500 roads and colony alleys in the city have been dug up for laying pipes and utilities.
However, owing to the agency’s strange policy according to which roads are only restored between March and June, the roads have seen no restoration work even months after the digging ended. This includes areas such as Jungpura, Naraina and Patparganj.
This time, the MCD cannot even put the blame on the lack of funds, as the funds for restoring dug up roads is mostly unutilised.
Before digging up any road, the Delhi Jal Board, discoms and other agencies have to deposit restoration money to the MCD. This is usually around R3 lakh approximately, depending on the size and width of the digging work.
The MCD received Rs 150 crore under road restoration cut (RRC) between April and December, 2011, but till now, the agency has only spent R22 crore.
According to senior MCD officials, the restoration process is delayed as they have to make estimates and invite tenders for restoring every road.
“We reserve 23.75% of the total amount received against the road restoration account for administrative expenses such as salary of our staff. Also, the department starts preparing the estimate for repairing roads only after the agencies finish their job. This should ideally be done before the digging process begins,” said a senior official.
When asked about the
situation, Jagdish Mamgain, chairman of the works committee said that he had proposed a solution in which tenders should be invited at the time of digging and not later so that restoration work could be started immediately.