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MCD confused over road maintenance

Asks govt to clear stand over decision to maintain roads measuring 60ft and above.

delhi Updated: Jan 16, 2012 00:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is planning to write a letter to the Delhi government, asking it to clarify its stand over the recent decision to take over maintenance of MCD roads measuring 60ft and above.

Ahead of the municipal elections to be held this year, the Delhi Cabinet had taken a decision to transfer maintenance and construction of roads measuring 60ft and above to the Delhi government. This was decided in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit in December last year.

However, the civic agency claims that they have not been given any formal directions about the move and are not even aware of the roads that have been transferred to the government.

“Delhi Cabinet had cleared a proposal that all roads above 60ft would be maintained by them. But so far, we have not been sent any formal letter informing us about it. We are not even aware which all roads have been transferred and how many such roads are there. If they at least tell us, we will be in a better situation to either include or exclude such roads from our maintenance network,” said Jagdish Mamgain, chairman of MCD’s Works committee.

As per the Cabinet decision, MCD roads were to be maintained by the Delhi government and its agencies such as Public Works Department, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation among others.

According to Delhi government officials, they had received a number of complaints about the poor upkeep of MCD roads, forcing them to take such a decision.

“Most of the roads are in a bad state and are marred by potholes, making it difficult for the commuters.

Earlier, rural roads were transferred and this time, we have decided to have urban roads under our jurisdiction so that they can be maintained properly,” said a senior Delhi government official.

First Published: Jan 16, 2012 00:48 IST