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Millennium City roads offer only bumpy rides

In addition to rising number of vehicular traffic in the city, what has visibly upset daily commuters is the dilapidated condition of the roads.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2011 00:57 IST
Dhananjay Jha

In addition to rising number of vehicular traffic in the city, what has visibly upset daily commuters is the dilapidated condition of the roads.

Damage to vehicles and commuters getting hurt are common here. The roads coming from the roundabout near Huda City metro station towards Golf Course through Super Mart and Ardee City Chowk tell the story of the Millennium City.

These damaged roads now need urgent repair, especially in view of the upcoming metro station.

“I take this route daily on my bike and am amazed that the government is not taking seriously the poor condition of roads. The big potholes force us to apply brakes suddenly and that often becomes dangerous,” said Ramesh Kumar, a commuter at Ardee City Crossing.

According to commuters, applying sudden brakes ahead of big potholes often results in accidents or accident-like situations.

“I have seen a lady falling from a bike as the rider applied brakes before a big pothole near Super Mart. Fortunately, she was not hurt,” said a roadside vendor. These two roads merge near the metro station roundabout and they are the two leading arteries giving access to thousands of commuters to the station and the main city daily.

The Ardee City Road is not at all commutable, with intersection point near Ardee City Mall, which is almost dug up.

The rubble can be seen all over the road creating problems for both four wheelers and two wheelers.

The condition is similar on the road linking Sector 45 with Huda City Centre metro station. A large number of commuters takes this route to reach the metro station.

“We have no hope from the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) as it never keeps its promises. For the last two years, we have been hearing about tenders being floated and repairing work starting shortly,” said JS Dagar, a local resident.

The work progress at Huda City Centre roundabout, which has been dismantled by Huda in a bid to rid vehicular movement of bottlenecks, is still not complete.

As usual, Huda officials claim that the construction work has been allotted to a contractor and very shortly carpeting work will begin on these roads.

“It will take a month’s time. Repairing will start on these roads as well as on other roads. We are waiting for the estimate approval from the head office in Chandigarh,” said Haridatt Sharma, executive engineer.

He added that about Rs 37 crore will be spent on roads. It will include Golf Course Road, Sector 27-28 Road and Ardee City Road.

“Meanwhile, we have already allotted the contract of filling these potholes and it will be done within a week,” the official added.