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Millennium City roads promise a bumpy ride

india Updated: Jul 26, 2011 00:05 IST
Eshani Mathur
Eshani Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Most roads in the Millennium City witness potholes and waterlogging during the monsoon every year. Residents and contractors hold the authorities responsible and accuse the authorities of allowing construction of roads with faulty designs.

The administration says the inconvenience faced by commuters is caused due to specific geographical condition at some places.

Huda administrator Nitin K Yadav said, “There are many places where green belts are above the road level, which prohibits water flow towards these belts. The new roads, which have been constructed in sectors 50-67, have V-shaped green belts, with plantation at the lowest level. We are also pressurising our officials to keep a check on potholes and dumping of construction material in green belts.”

According to experts, deterioration of road condition in Gurgaon is primarily due to the lack of proper drainage system and incompetent civic authorities, among other problems. Road projects, which cost Rs 3 lakh to Rs 3 crore, are not being executed properly. As a result, they frequently get damaged.

“Stagnant water is the biggest enemy of bituminous used in the construction of roads. Roads should be made with proper slope,” said RN Malik, a retired HSIIDC engineer-in-chief.

Experts say most roads in the city are not built according to the Public Works Department specifications while contractors put the blame on civic bodies for its failure to remove encroachment on the roadsides before allotting a tender.

“Delay in payments is the other issue that leads to faulty roads. We generally apply to the department concerned for the removal of encroachments, which takes at least three months’ time. This causes huge losses to the department and the people,” said RK Gandhi, a contractor.

He said encroachments include ramps coming from houses, illegal extensions in market places, manholes and electricity poles.

Many contractors said that the departments concerned don't follow a sequence while building or repairing a road.
Poor road condition has provoked two Gurgaon residents to move the district court earlier this month. They filed a petition, saying that a road in Sector 12 had not been built according to the specifications.

“When we objected to its construction, the workers said nothing could be done as it had been already constructed and
they would construct the remaining portion as per the specifications,” said OP Kataria of Sector 12.

The contractor of the Rs 2.51-crore road project said that though he pointed out anomalies in the design of the road, he was instructed to carry on the project.