A smooth or jerk-free drive on the busy Golf Course Extension Road has become a thing of past. A motorist has to spend at least half an hour, manoeuvering through the potholes of the 8-km stretch from Sohna Road near Badshahpur to the Golf Course T-point near Ghata village.
The 20-meter-wide road is used by thousands of daily commuters, including those living in societies along the stretch, travelling from Faridabad towards Manesar. But according to locals, no repair work has been carried out on the stretch for the past two decades.
Residents of Sushant Lok-II and III, sectors 55, and 56 use this road to reach Cyber Park at Sector 52 and Sohna Road. But the depilated condition on the main connecting link lead to huge traffic rush on Sohna Road, Nirvana Country, Mayfield Garden, and Malibu Towne.
Commuters say that rush of vehicles has increased on the stretch because of high traffic volume on the MG Road, which make expressway commuters to take the short cut route to reach Sohna Road, and due to increasing population and development work along the stretch.
Residents complain that the Haryana Urban Development Road (Huda) has failed to repair the road for the past two decades.
"I have been noticing for the past twenty years, this road has been in complete bad state, full of potholes and accident prone. But the officials are not worried at all," said Deepak Kumar, a regular commuter.
The entire stretch is full of potholes, especially at three places — T-point near Ghata village, at a petrol pump in Sector 65 and, at Sector 49/50. A 100-metre stretch near the petrol pump witnesses a massive water logging during rains as the portion of the road has gone one-two feet down.
“It is pathetic as dust spreads far and wide with passing of each light or heavy vehicle and for us it is difficult to even breathe,” said Harish Singh, a local resident.
Huda officials, however, assures that the tender for repair work will be floated soon. “In a week time, we will have an estimate ready and that will be sent to head office Chandigarh. As soon as we get the estimate approved, carpeting work would begin," said RK Kakkar, superintending engineer (SE), Huda.
Meanwhile, the Huda official said, works to fill the potholes will be carried out to provide immediate relief to the commuters.
But many residents say that they are fed up with the indifferent attitude of Huda officials who often try to pacifying the complainants either by saying that a tender for repair works will be floated or a contract is being awarded.
Huda, on the other hand, claimed to have got an approval to carpet the road. However, the authority is not ready to give any time line.
Commuters see no hope of respite from the bumpy ride at least for another six months.
It takes one or two months to get an estimate of a project approved. After that tenders are floated and the procedure of selection of contractors and awarding contract takes at least 90 days."