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Trees in middle of roads become risky surprise for drivers

gurgaon Updated: Mar 19, 2012 00:21 IST
Divya Sethi

Commuters in the city these days are facing problems of another kind. Due to rapid expansion of roads, one can see trees standing in the middle of some stretches, creating inconvenience and threat for unsuspecting drivers. Traffic is a major problem in the city. To ease this problem, various roads have been expanded. But on certain expanded roads, the administration has not cut down the tress.

A huge tree is standing in the middle of the Sector 38 main road. Similar scenes can be witnessed in Sector 56 and on the Sector 57 main road.

Ashish Mittal, a resident of Kendriya Vihar in Sector 56, said, “The roads of the city are poorly lit. And then these trees come up in the middle of the road.” “It’s more dangerous for people who are not regular on these roads. They are taken by surprise,” he added.

Parveen Kumar, Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) said, “While undertaking expansion if any tree comes in between, we need to take permission from the forest department to uproot the same. Sometimes we don’t cut them, thinking if the tree could be saved. But if it’s a problem, we will certainly look into it.”

For better roads

Taking note of frequent complaints about poor road condition, Huda administrator Praveen Kumar has asked his department officials to increase the minimum thickness of a 12-foot-wide road to 40 mm instead of the existing 25mm.

Kumar said the move will reduce maintenance cost further. The Huda chief held a meeting last Thursday with the executive engineers and reviewed the estimate of road repair works.

The executive engineers had prepared the projects of more than 200 km of roads in and around Huda sectors with an estimated cost of Rs 18 crore.