The city’s lifeline MG Road, which was accorded the status of a national highway last year, has been completely ravaged by the recent downpour.
The 10-km stretch between Delhi-Gurgaon border in Mehrauli and the main bus- stand in Gurgaon has turned into a commuters’ nightmare.
Residents say just two days of heavy rain has exposed the tall claims of authorities who had assured they were ready to tackle the monsoon mess.
The first half of MG Road, from Mehrauli border to Iffco Chowk, falls in the jurisdiction of Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), while the remaining portion from Iffco Chowk to the main bus stand in Old Gurgaon is under the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).
The road between the Guru Dronacharya and Sikanderpur Metro stations is completely damaged and potholed, compelling traffic to move at a snail’s pace.
A commuter told HT that the front bumper of his car had hit the steep edge of a deep pothole thrice over the last few days and it finally got damaged.
A retired police official, who travels to Delhi for work, suffered a back injury as his driver did not realise the depth of a waterlogged pothole and bumped into it.
“The authorities are in deep slumber. Why don’t they repair the roads? The media can play a crucial role in waking them up,” he rued.
Several portions of MG Road, from Sikanderpur to Iffco Chowk, have developed potholes despite Huda repairing it six months back.
RK Kakkar, superintending engineer, Huda, said, “A project worth R21 crore to repair MG Road is awaiting the go-ahead from the Haryana government. We hope it will be approved.”
Roads under MCG jurisdiction have gone from bad to worse since the stretch was transferred to the civic body from public works department in 2009.
“Roads which were repaired three months ago have got damaged. This reflects the quality of material used by the contractor,” said Krishan Kumar, a commuter.
“MCG has a long-pending project worth Rs. 200 crore to construct flyovers, underpasses and for road repairs. The project is awaiting approval from the Haryana government,” said a senior MCG official.
Several HT readers have complained about the bad condition of MG Road.