Within 48 hours of Hindustan Times reporting the shoddy road repair work being carried out in Udyog Vihar industrial area, commuters were taken by surprise on Sunday when they saw road construction work being carried out in full steam.
By Monday, potholes and broken patches near the Jwala Mills in Phase 5 — in front of five star hotels, The Trident and The Oberoi, and near Quatro BPO in Phase 2 — were filled and re-carpeted.
But this happened not before the industrial township promoter — the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) pulled up the private contractor and withheld its interim payment of R2 crore.
“After the news report, the HSIIDC withheld our cheque of R2 crore,” said a representative of the Delhi-based construction firm. “We have re-carpeted most of the roads and will finish work soon,” he added.
Denying that there was any shoddiness on their part, he said, “The movement of traffic doesn’t stop. This does not allow the newly-laid roads to dry up to its strength.”
A daily commuter to Udyog Vihar, Manish Verma, had informed Hindustan Times about the patchwork late on Sunday night.
“I passed through Udyog Vihar in the afternoon and saw some repair work being carried out at the site. I hope the authorities do good work,” said Verma.
“I was pleasantly surprised to see potholes being converted into smooth roads overnight,” said Brijesh Kumar, an auto driver.
Traffic marshals in the area, who till Friday complained that bad roads often led to accidents and breakdown of vehicles leading to traffic jams, also expressed their satisfaction at the move.
“It’s easier to manage traffic now. Things have improved since Sunday,” said Devendra, a traffic marshal.
Blame it on poor planning or lack of accountability, roads built nearly two months ago in the five phases of Udyog Vihar, have developed potholes.
Documents with HT show that the HSIIDC had earmarked more than R5 crore for the repair and re-carpeting of roads in these phases.
The contract for the same was awarded in July 2011.