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Rural roads get a raw deal

delhi Updated: Feb 13, 2012 00:47 IST
Hamari Jamatia

If many city roads have remained bumpy despite assurances, the condition of rural roads of Delhi is worse due to neglect, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) officials have acknowledged.

Replying to questions on rural roads sent by a councillor, the engineering wing of the civic body said that in the last couple of years, big roads in outer Delhi that were cut open for laying pipes and other facilities had neither been repaired nor restored.

The reply further stated that even during the Commonwealth Games, the MCD had not built or repaired a single road in outer Delhi, thereby neglecting the area completely.

According to officials, one of the worst roads is the 12-kilometre Nangloi-Najafgarh road that connects at least 30-40 villages with the main city.

The DJB had dug up the road for laying pipelines but has not repaired it so far.

Other problem areas include Kandavla and Narela.

The reply was submitted at the standing committee meeting after which the commissioner asked the engineering department to prepare a report on the status of rural roads, including the number of roads that had been cut for installing amenities such as water and electricity lines.

The report is expected to be submitted in the next standing committee meeting.

Vijay Kumar Basoya, councillor from Baprola village, said that despite agencies such as DJB and discoms paying funds for restoring roads, the money was not being used properly.

"The outer Delhi roads connect the city with Haryana and yet they are being neglected. Apart from the Nangloi-Najafgarh road, Kandavla is also facing a lot of problem. In some places, the roads are so bad that trucks get stuck," he said.

Despite the acknowledgement by MCD engineers, works committee chairman Jagdish Mamgain said there must have been a mistake in the reply.

"We have been approving several road projects from time to time and roads are being repaired in outer Delhi," he said.