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Rains take potshots on city streets

gurgaon Updated: Jul 12, 2013 03:04 IST
HT Correspondent

The fresh spell of rain has made commuting on several roads in the city a tough task, forcing motorists to manoeuvre through deeper and wider potholes.

Driving through the 8-km MG Road from the main bus stand to Delhi border near Sikandarpur, the 4.5-km stretch from Sector 4 to Gurgaon railway station, and service lanes of NH-8 between Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Daula have become a nightmare for motorists as well as pedestrians.

Besides, digging work along Old Delhi Road, Golf Course Road and several other external roads have made the situation worse. Residents blame authorities for the use of poor quality material by road contractors and officials’ negligent attitude towards re-carpeting and repairing of roads in time.

“Roads start crumbling just after few hours of rain,” said Hemant Kumar, a resident of New Colony. Kumar has also sent letters to Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) commissioner Ashok Sangwan and chief engineer BS Singroha.

The MCG and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) own the city’s roads. The two agencies claimed to have spent more than R500 crore on re-carpeting and fixing potholes in the past one year.

“There are several road re-carpeting projects still to be executed but we will try to fix potholes in the meantime,” said a senior MCG official.

Praveen Kumar, Huda administrator, said, “I have ordered the executive engineers to fix all potholes in the next seven days.”

Commuters also complain about damaged service lanes along NH-8 between Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Daula.

The service lanes are used by thousands of local commuters daily.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had, last week, asked the expressway concessionaire, Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited, to re-carpet the lanes.

A stretch from the Sector 4 roundabout to Gurgaon railway station developed potholes because the MCG failed to repair the road before the monsoon.Similarly, MG Road — between Delhi border and Iffco Chowk — has become more vulnerable after rain washed away the bituminous layers.