Shalimar Garden,a residential-cum-commercial locality situated a few kilometres from the national capital, with several battered and potholed stretches, belies its name.
A smooth ride in the area is wishful thinking. Craters and rubble strewn stretches greet motorists adventurous enough to venture out.
The main entrance to Shalimar Garden Extension-1 from Wazirabad Road is through a 150-foot connecting road and the second entrance, through an 80-foot road, is a few metres ahead of the other road.
Both these roads are riddled with potholes, rubble and garbage. On the 150-foot road, only one side of the road is motorable and is being used by two-way traffic. Residents say the other side of the road has huge craters, stagnant sewage and garbage lying about.
On the 80-foot wide road, the condition is no different. Commuters have to weave their way through potholes and stagnant water. Commuters say the broken roads are a nuisance to drive on, not to mention the damage to vehicles.
“It is impossible for four-wheelers to avoid crates on the road. The potholes are getting bigger by the day and now my car is getting damaged as well. I have started taking an alternative route. Though it is a longer one, it is better than damaging the car,” said Deepak Sharma, a resident of Shalimar Garden main, who commutes to Delhi every day.
According to residents, in 2003, the Ghaziabad Development Authority developed wide roads in Shalimar Garden for better traffic management. In 2004, the roads were handed over to the Ghaziabad municipal corporation (GMC) for maintenance.
“Residents were happy when the 80-foot road and 150-foot roads were constructed. Since the past four years, battered roads have been giving the residents a tough time. The wide roads serve no purpose as all vehicles now only use one narrow strip of the road that is relatively fine,” said Parag Chaudhary, a resident of Shalimar Garden.
Officials said tenders for relaying the road have been floated and work will start soon.
“Tenders were floated approximately two months ago for relaying the 150-foot road and the 80-foot road. A contractor has been selected and work will start in a month,” said Ajay Chauhan, executive engineer, GMC.