Residents of Gurgaon have voiced concerns over the poor condition of city roads, both within and outside their colonies.
The residents said that most roads of the city had been transferred to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda). The Huda, so far they said, had been turning a blind eye to the roads had developed.
Residents claimed that Huda officials, on being questioned about the poor condition of roads, often passed the buck and said that MCG was the authority responsible for road repairs in the city. They also add that Huda blames MCG for delay in transfer of funds that they claim delays repair works.
An HT team, during a spot check on Tuesday at various places, found Mehrauli Road (from bus stand to Iffco Chowk), Old Delhi Road (from bus stand to Kapashera Border), road from Old Delhi Road to Palam Vihar, and internal colony roads in sectors 21, 22, 23, 15, 14, 4, 7 and 9 to be in particularly poor shapes.
Rambir Singh, resident Sector 14, said, “Mehrauli Road is full of potholes from Sukhrali to bus stand. The potholes are big and force motorists to slow down automatically, causing snarls. The poor condition of road also damaged vehicles.”
Commuters said that the problem becomes worse and commuting on such roads becomes a nightmare when the rush increases during office hours.
For example, they commuters pointed out, the road from bus stand to Kapashera — roughly 10 kilometers — was riddled with potholes.
“This stretch was repaired two years ago by the MCG, but it developed potholes after a year of repair. This shows the poor quality of construction material used. The worst part is officials are least bothered about taking any action against the contractor. This is how the MCG functions here,” alleged Pankaj Kharbanda, a resident of Sector 12. Roads inside colonies were not any better either, he added.
Residents of Sector 22 said Huda engineers are not taking care of roads inside colonies and MCG officials had never inspected many such roads, despite repeated complaints.
“We went to the Huda office to air our grievance and demand immediate repairs. Officials there, however, said they couldn’t intervene as our sector had been transferred to MCG. We later met MCG engineers, who cited fund crunch as a cause of delay for repairs,” said Bhim Singh, a resident Sector 22.
The MCG, meanwhile, said they had written to Huda to release funds for civic maintenance works a week ago.
“We have heard about the bad condition of roads and are working towards resolving the issue. We hope that repair work will start in the next seven days,” said MR Sharma, superintending engineer of MCG.