Gurgaon: ‘Anaath’ road still ignored, MNC executives start repair work
According to a survey by Nagarro, over 1,500 cyclists and 4,500 pedestrians use the stretch during peak hours daily.gurgaon Updated: Mar 26, 2017 23:29 IST
The Anaath (orphan) road in Udyog Vihar Phase 4 continues to remain overlooked by civic bodies.
After failing to get a stretch of the road repaired by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), employees of a software firm in the area pooled their resources and got the road patched themselves.
This was despite a ₹102-crore city road repair project launched by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar in January. Khattar had directed the MCG to repair around 300km of roads in
the city and make them motorable by July 15, before the monsoon hits.
“We had half a dozen international clients visit us last week, including a board-level delegation from the largest bank in central-eastern Europe. We were so embarrassed by the state of the road and the resulting jams that we got the largest potholes filled with construction debris ourselves and also got some garbage cleared. Inside our offices, we are totally world-class, both in the facilities and the work we do. But outside, it looks like the fourth world,” said Manas Fuloria, CEO, Nagarro, the software firm that carried out the repairs.
Apart from Nagarro, this stretch has offices of many multinational companies (MNCs) such as Siemens, Tupperware, Regus and Ameriprise and Indian companies such as Munjal Showa, Motherson Sumi and Safexpress. The city’s Passport Seva Kendra is also located nearby. Due to all this, the road gets heavy traffic.
According to a survey by Nagarro, over 1,500 cyclists and 4,500 pedestrians use the stretch during peak hours daily.
The 2.5-km road was built in 1992, after a top UK delegation visited Gurgaon. It was maintained till 2003, but has been in a poor shape since then.
In 2010, MNCs and residents of nearby Sector 18 conducted a ceremony to name the stretch ‘Anaath Road’ since it was “orphaned by civic officials”.
The ceremony caught the state government’s attention and the then finance minister Birender Singh directed the public works department (PWD) to repair the road. It was later renamed Subedar Major Laxmi Chand road.
When asked about the state of the road, Amit Khatri, additional commissioner, MCG, said, “Road repair work is going on across the city and all roads will be taken up in a phased manner.”