Gurgaon: Road repair work started in South City 2 after a 5-year wait
Haryana Public Works minister Rao Narbir Singh directed all officials of Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and Haryana urban development authority (Huda) to identify the roads riddled with potholes.gurgaon Updated: Oct 16, 2017 21:54 IST
After a 5-year wait, work to repair potholed roads in South City 2 began on Sunday. Residents said they had long been crying out for repairs, but their pleas went unheeded.
Addressing a grievance redressal meeting at South City-2 a day earlier, Haryana Public Works Department minister Rao Narbir Singh directed all officials of Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and Haryana urban development authority (Huda) to identify the roads riddled with potholes and submit a report in this regard to him at the earliest.
With road repair currently under way, residents heaved a sigh of relief saying this is the best Diwali gift they have received in many years. The repair work is being carried out with money allocated by Singh, the Badshahpur MLA, from his local area development fund.
During the grievance meeting, the minister said that all prominent stretches that are riddled with potholes and poses a risk to commuters would be taken up for repairs on priority.
Civic authorities swung into action after the minister voiced his displeasure and anguish over residents having to pool funds to run repairs on the damaged roads. He directed authorities to repair all roads in South City-2.
“Rao Narbir Singh had chaired grievance meetings of wards 25, 26, and 29 at South City-2 club on Saturday and assured residents that all roads will be repaired on priority. He also allocated for ₹4 lakh from his MLA fund for the same,” Raman Malik, BJP state spokesperson, said.
Parveen Lata, the newly elected councillor, had promised residents that all roads would be repaired after the polls.
“Repairing damaged roads was one of my top priorities. Such was the state of roads here that the residents were finding it difficult to commute on them. We requested the minister to allocate funds, so that we could start the repair work at the earliest,” Lata said.
Residents claimed minor accidents have been reported in the area and the potholed roads routinely causes injuries to the children and the elderly.
RWA members said all the roads were riddled with potholes and residents, especially senior citizens and pregnant women, were having trouble commuting on them. Even vehicles plying on these roads suffered regular wear and tear, the residents said.
“Children couldn’t ride bicycles on these roads and residents had to have their cards checked for damages. I have already repaired my car thrice this year,” Neeraj Yadav, president RWA, South City 2, said.
“Road repair outside Fresco is a Diwali gift for residents. Although it’s patchwork and not re-carpeting, the roads were in a really bad shape and the drive after the repair is going to get smoother. They started the repair work from block D. We understand complete patchwork will be done on this long stretch, covering 2 kilometres from South City to Sylvan School,” Nilesh Tandon, president, RWA, Fresco Apartments, said.
MCG officials said they would start recarpeting the roads once they are handed over to them officially.
“We have already done the inspection and have done a cost assessment for re-carpeting the roads. We will start work once we get the formal order,” Gaurav Antil, joint commissioner, MCG, said.