Even as city residents continue to suffer from the bad roads, the VIPs in the city it seems have been given far-better roads to commute on.
Exposing the double standards of the MC in this regard, roads in Vij Nagar, where mayor Sunil Jyoti resides and in Basti Guzan, where senior deputy mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia reside are top-class and not a single pothole is visible, even as these were laid a few years ago. However, other recently-constructed areas in the city have roads full of potholes within months of construction. Residents protested against one such 'ignored stretch' of road on Wednesday.
The 2-km stretch from Babu Jagjivan Ram Chowk to Gakhla village Bridge via (main Basti Danishmandan road) was constructed in the second week of December, 2014, at a cost of Rs 63 lakh. However, the road has simply crumbled over just two months and is now a stretch that causes fatal accidents every now and then and is a grave danger to motorists.
In fact, the scattered standard gravel that has simply come off the city ends up injuring at least a couple of motorists a day. Business of shopkeepers around the road has also been hit.
Municipal councillor Sushil Kumar Rinku said, "I have complained to the mayor Sunil Jyoti about the road. He paid a visit to the area, but action is yet to follow."
Cement in VIP areas, bitumen in others
Sources in the municipal corporation said the roads in VIP areas were constructed using cement concrete and thus lasted longer than other roads, which were made of bitumen.
"As the mayor and the senior deputy mayor are the top functionaries in the corporation, roads with concrete and tiles are preferred," a senior official said.
He claimed that in certain areas where there was a high risk of water logging, concrete, cement and interlocking tiles were preferred.
However, he was unable to explain that why were such roads then not made in other areas where water accumulated as a matter of routine like the Babu Jagjivan Ram Chowk to Gakhla Village Bridge via (Main Basti Danishmandan road).