For a city that is touted as the emerging corporate capital of the country, potholed and virtually non-existent roads are a complete letdown. What is worse is that no civic agency is willing to take responsibility for the repairs.
With no fixed liability for the repair and maintenance of internal colony roads, government authorities and private developers often pass the buck. This has been an issue ever since the inception of Gurgaon in the early ’80s.
Residents have time and again taken to the streets, held protests and raised slogans against the authorities concerned but to no avail. However, roads are repaired overnight and even relaid in case of a VIP visit.
Due to multiplicity of departments in Gurgaon, officials indulge in blame game and wash their hands of when it comes to fixing responsibility.
Unlike Noida where the development authority commissioner is a one-stop point to redress grievances of residents, people of Gurgaon have to run from pillar to post to even file a complaint.
The city’s area jurisdiction has been divided into Huda sectors, privately-developed colonies, municipal areas (Old Gurgaon) and villages.
In total, Gurgaon has about 4,000km internal roads. If Huda sectors and private localities cover about 3,000km road length, Old Gurgaon colonies have 600-700km.
Surprisingly, government authorities neither have the latest technology for road repairs and nor do they have records of how much money is spent on maintenance.
The standard norm set by the building and road (public works) department says that roads should be repaired every three years. But these rules do not apply in Huda sectors or private townships.
SS Dhillon, financial commissioner, Haryana town and country planning department, said, “It is not possible to give a correct figure on the money spent on road maintenance in the last two years. We need a few days’ time as this information has to be procured from various departments.”
The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) too does not have the information.
“We spent roughly R45- 50 crore on internal road maintenance in the last financial year but detailed information will take time,’ said YK Garg, MCG superintending engineer.
Residents, meanwhile, blame the state government and local authorities.
“I assume 30-40% internal roads are damaged. Contractors use poor quality material,” said Col (Retd) Ratan Singh, president, Joint Action Forum of RWAs.