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‘Only four roads have problems’

india Updated: Sep 25, 2008 00:32 IST
Navneet Sharma

Roads in Gurgaon are in a mess. Even the new roads are crumbling. Clearly, funds are not a problem. Tax collections from Gurgaon are the highest in the state. People are feeling cheated.
They are right to some extent, but corrective steps are being taken. We have taken up several new projects for improving the infrastructure in the last 2-3 years. There are only four roads that have problems. These are the Sohna, Sheetla Mandir, Pataudi and Basai roads. We are working on these. There are no major problems with other roads.

Why does the Haryana government continue to follow the conventional system of contracting work of road repairs and construction to smaller contractors? Why can’t you involve big contractors who do flyovers and expressways?
We do involve big contractors. The contract for the Rs 122 crore western bypass road has been awarded to a big firm. We want quality roads. Similarly, the work for development of Sector 57 was awarded to L&T. They are, however, stuck midway due to legal issues.

Why is there no concept of road engineering in the town and country planning departments?
It was never thought of. We do not even need it. There are straight roads in our area. PWD (B&R) had a road engineering
wing, but it has also disbanded it.

Why doesn’t the civic agency in Gurgaon allow third-party audit of the quality of roads constructed by them?
There is third party audit in the Haryana Urban Development Authority. All projects Rs4crore or more have a third-party audit. The Sohna Road project has been awarded to RITES. The samples are sent to reputed laboratories for testing. We are also revising the specifications to improve the quality of roads.

There are better, more durable road construction technologies available. Bangalore has gone in for plastic roads that cost the same as bitumen roads. Concrete roads are rain-proof and last more. So why are you following outdated
technology?
I don’t know about it. Therefore, I cannot comment on this technology.

(As told to Navneet Sharma)