Work on repairing the roads of Sector 46 began on Sunday, after what residents claimed was a six-year gap. They also alleged that the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) started the work only after they repeatedly complained at the chief minister’s (CM’s) window.
Residents have been battling broken roads in the sector and said that negligence and lack of coordination among authorities were to be blamed for the condition of the sector’s roads.
They further alleged that they had filed a complaint at the CM’s window in December 2016 and in January this year. While they received a reply that the problem will be resolved soon, it took four months to start the repair work, they claimed.
“The condition of the road was deteriorating. It had deep pits, potholes and foot-long ditches. It was risky to drive two-wheelers here,” said Raj Kumar Yadav, president, residents’ welfare association (RWA) of Sector 46.
According to MCG officials, the corporation has sanctioned an estimated cost of Rs2.32 crore for the repairs.
“The roads require maintenance and regular repair work, which the authorities avoid. The contractor should also be told to use good-quality material that lasts longer so that the road does not break immediately after the repair work is over,” said Uma Rajpal, a sector resident.
In January, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had launched a city road repair project worth Rs102 crore. He had directed the MCG to repair around 300km of roads and make them motorable by July 15, before the monsoon hits.
“The repair work was due in May 2016 itself. Roads across the sector were in need of repair as they were last repaired six years ago. We were facing difficulties walking on the road and driving two-wheelers everyday,” said ZS Sahu, another resident.
The MCG has started repair work on bituminous and concrete roads across the city. Amit Khatri, additional commissioner, MCG, said, “We will repair the roads one by one. All the areas that require repair and from where we have received complaints will be covered.”