Due to lack of coordination between MC’s operations and maintenance (O&M) cell and buildings and road (B&R) wing, the road in Basant Nagar has been constructed without repairing the damaged manholes.
According to area residents, the road has been reconstructed after a period of around 10 years and now it has become accident prone due to uneven manholes which have gone below the road surface.
Though the B&R department has claimed to get the level of manhole raised but, the residents counterclaimed that there is a risk of a cave-in, as the walls of these manholes were not repaired before construction of the road.
Vishal Gour, a resident, asserted that they had informed the MC officials regarding the damaged walls of manholes but no action was taken before construction of the road. “Now the level of manholes is also getting down in the street number 6 of Basant Nagar in ward 33 and there is a risk of road cave-in. If MC had taken any concrete measures to get the manholes repaired, there would have been no problem,”he claimed.
An official of MC’s O&M wing said it was the responsibility of the B&R branch to inform them about the damaged portion of manholes so that the required action could be initiated before the construction of the road. If required, they will dig up the road now for the repair of a damaged structure of manholes, he said.
When the construction of the road was being done, the B&R officials had said that they could not repair the manholes as this work comes under O&M wing.
Now, executive engineer of O&M wing, Pardeep Saluja, claimed that he was not given any information about the damaged portion of manholes. If the B&R wing official concerned had alerted them in time, they could have taken required steps in this regard, he added.
B&R wing executive engineer Rahul Gagneja said that it is the responsibility of the O&M branch if there was a need to repair the structure of manholes. “The level of manholes will be corrected by the contractor who constructed this road. If the contractor fails to do it, his payment will not be released,”he added.
Earlier, the MC has failed to ensure proper levelling of manholes on Hambran Road and Ishar Nagar.