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Road work hits green barrier

india Updated: Sep 14, 2011 01:30 IST

The project of widening the road from Kherki Majra to Dhankot continues to hang fire.

Launched in August 2010, the project was expected to be completed within six months.

However, even though a year has passed, the project has failed to see the light of the day. Besides this, officials at the helm of affairs have also failed to provide a reasonable explanation for the delay in the project. The widening of the road stretch could have benefited Sectors 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10.

Sources said the delay had been caused as the forest department had not consented to 50 trees being axed, besides insisting that the agency transplant the trees.

Sources said the authorities had submitted a new deadline — March 2012 — for the completion of the project.

The road witnesses traffic chaos during the peak hours. It was only after area residents submitted several complaints to the authorities, that they initiated the expansion plan.

Sukhdev Lal, resident of Sector 4, said, “Earlier, too, we were facing the problem of traffic congestion. Now the situation has further deteriorated due to the ongoing construction activity.”

“There are 50 trees on both sides of the road. Rather than cutting them down, the forest department wants these to be transplanted somewhere else. As such, the project got delayed,” Lal said.

While admitting the problem, BS Singroha, superintending engineer, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, told Hindustan Times on Tuesday, “We were expecting to complete work within six months. But we never got permission from the forest department as there are nearly 50 trees on both sides of the road. We cannot axe trees sans permission.”

“We have again forwarded the file and surely hope to get permission for the same,” Singroha said.