Just after six months of its inauguration, the 1.6-km-long road, constructed at a cost of Rs 35 crore, linking Mayur Vihar and the DND flyway has started crumbling, with broken surface and deep potholes. More than 10,000 vehicles use the link road everyday. The official reason: heavy showers in recent times.
The condition of the carriageway, which caters to the Mayur Vihar-bound traffic, is particularly bad. “A small stretch of about 15-20 metres, just before the flyway merges with the UP Link Road, is especially bad. The maintenance company has temporarily filled up the potholes with bricks and debris,” said Naveen Gautam, a resident of Mayur Vihar Phase I.
Harish Channa, another daily commuter, said, “It is a toll road, and we pay Rs 20 for each trip on the flyway. We expect that the quality of construction of this road will be far better than the roads maintained by the government agencies.”
According to KK Kapila, vice-chairman, International Road Federation, road surfaces should ideally last 3-5 years in normal conditions. “There are various factors like poor drainage design and traffic load, apart from sub-standard construction material, which cause road surfaces to wear off sooner than expected,” he said.
Officials of Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited (NTBCL), the concessionaire responsible for operating and maintaining the toll road, however, blame “unusually heavy monsoon” for “road sinking”.
“There seems to be some drainage problems, which resulted in seepage of water. We have dug up the part of road and fresh surface will be laid as soon as the monsoon is over,” said Devendra Yadav, chief general manager, NTBCL.