After repeated complaints made by residents about the poor condition of four-km stretch between Palam Vihar and Sector 4-5 roundabout, the state government has finally swung into action. Officials have been directed to improve the road at the earliest.
The traffic volume on the stretch, which passes through Palam Vihar, sectors 21, 22, 23, 4 and 5, has gone up several times in past few years. The stretch was dug up in early 2008 for laying sewer lines. Since then it has been in bad shape. No pavements have been constructed yet.
Financial commissioner-cum-principal secretary SS Dhillon, along with Huda chief administrator DPS Nagal and local Huda administrator Dr Praveen Kumar, inspected the road and issued directions to officials concerned.
Executive engineer AK Maggu has been asked to construct pavements and bus shelters. The Huda administrator also ordered the horticulture department to develop greeneries along the four-km stretch.
"We have been directed by the administrator to construct bus-queue shelters for school children and senior citizens and place curve stones on both sides of the road. We have also been asked to construct pavements," said the executive engineer. The department will have to float fresh tenders in this regard and it may take another six months, he added.
Residents had approached the Huda administrator early this week and submitted a memorandum mentioning about the faulty stretch. The residents also complained to the officials about streetlights, which happen to be negligent at the moment.
"People, especially women, avoid this stretch in night due to absence of streetlight," said Rohtas Jhangu, a resident of Palam Vihar.
The administrator has sought a report about why streetlights have not been put in place on the road.
"We will take strict action against those who have not adhered to deliver their duties," said the administrator, adding that he will monitor the progress regularly. Last week, area superintending engineer VK Ghai was suspended.