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Govt takes over big roads, MCD refuses to repair them

delhi Updated: Dec 15, 2011 23:25 IST
Hamari Jamatia

If the roads in your locality are not being restored in spite of endless complaints, blame it on the tussle between the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Delhi government.

For nearly two months now, MCD has ignored roads wider than 60 feet, as the Delhi government is gearing to bring the civic agency under its own jurisdiction. The affected roads include Rohtak road, Firni road, Arya Samaj road, Shankar road, Qutub road, DB Gupta road, Punchkuian Road and Rani Jhansi road among others.

According to senior MCD officials, the civic body is not spending any money on their maintenance as the roads will come under the Delhi government in the next few months.

"Maintenance work related to roads has taken a back seat and new tenders are not being invited as roads will soon be taken away from us. We have even cancelled tenders for the construction of new roads," said a senior MCD official.

Mayor Rajni Abbi has been criticising the Delhi government's move to take over roads, the Congress-led government is trying to turn the corporation into a "defunct body".

"They have been stripping the MCD of its powers and the decision to take away roads has been made in a hurry," she said.

On December 8, the cabinet decided to take over 499 roads, around 863 kilometres, from the MCD. Most of them are arterial roads. The total length of road network in the city is more than 31,000 km, of which MCD maintains around 27,000 km.

According to the Delhi government, the decision has been taken due to the ill-maintenance of roads, but MCD leaders feel otherwise. "The condition of our roads are much better than those under the PWD," said Jagdish Mamgain, chairman, MCD works committee.