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Ahead of PM visit, IMT Manesar gets 'part' makeover

Footpaths are being repaired, flowers pots are being placed, roads are being spruced up and other beautification work is being done ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Industrial Model Township (IMT) Manesar.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2012 00:59 IST
Deevakar Anand

Footpaths are being repaired, flowers pots are being placed, roads are being spruced up and other beautification work is being done ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Industrial Model Township (IMT) Manesar.

There's an unusual buzz in the air as authorities are leaving no stone unturned to present a pretty picture of the area.

The PM will visit IMT on April 13 where he will inaugurate the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA).

However, all this 'face-saving' work is not going down well with the residents and industrialists of the area who say they haven't seen such dedication on part of the authorities in recent years.

Though the road from IMT Chowk on NH-8 to IICA building, which the PM's entourage might take, is being beautified, footpaths on the adjoining roads - which are to remain away from his sight - continue to remain in a shambles.

"All the beautification work is nothing but eyewash," alleged an industrialist.

IMT Manesar has 2,150 plots, out of which nearly one-third remain unused.

Several of the industrial units shut shops and moved to other parts of the country due to infrastructural shortcomings and policy constraints imposed on them.

The area reels under severe electricity crisis with power playing truant for 5-10 hours every day.

The problems don't end here; residents and industrialists complain about non-functional streetlights and lack of good public transport.

Moreover, there's no post office and fire station at IMT.