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Road facelift turns ugly for north Delhi

The residents of a posh locality in north Delhi are alleging criminal negligence on the part of civic authorities undertaking a beautification drive in the area, reports Jatin Anand.

delhi Updated: Mar 22, 2010 00:09 IST
Jatin Anand

The residents of a posh locality in north Delhi are alleging criminal negligence on the part of civic authorities undertaking a beautification drive in the area.

According to residents of Rajpur Road located in the Civil Lines area, renovation work has made the 2.5 kilometre long stretch — leading to two hospitals and schools — a death trap over the last three months.

“The MCD has indiscriminately dug-up not only the sidewalks but also the middle of the road at many places,” said Deepak Pahwa (62), a senior engineer residing at 20, Rajpur Road for the last six decades.

“The raw material and debris which have been left unattended all over the main road obstruct traffic and make commuting on it dangerous, to say the least.”

The MCD is undertaking renovation of the pavements, levelling of the roads and is re-laying water pipes in the area as part of a larger beautification drive before the Commonwealth Games in October.

“The breadth of the road has been drastically reduced,” said Farhan Hamid (21), a hotel management student and a resident of the Vishwa Apartments.

“Since pedestrians have virtually no space to walk they have no alternative but to jostle for space with rickshaws and other vehicles, not only making whatever is left of the road unsafe, but a nightmare during morning and evening rush hours.”

Agreed Sucheta Gupta (32), a housewife and resident of the Raj Niwas Marg.

“Earlier I used to walk to the provision stores located opposite Tirath Ram Shah hospital twice a day. But now I've asked them to deliver them to my house since once can't walk without risking being run over by a speeding vehicle from behind."

"Things were never as bad as this," said Ashok Chopra (63), a lawyer at the Delhi High Court residing at his ancestral home in the area since birth.

“There have been at least half a dozen incidents of school children getting hurt in road incidents in just the last two weeks.”

The MCD, on the other hand feels differently. “It is just a matter of two more months,” said Deep Mathur, Director, Information and Publicity, MCD.

“We are installing international-standard streetlights, re-hauling the drainage system and improving the visual appeal of the entire area. The roads have been leveled and work should be completed by May.”