Huda ropes in research firm to check road repair quality
Delhi-based Shriram Institute for Industrial Research has collected around 10 samples from two service lanes of the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road for testing on Saturday.gurgaon Updated: Aug 20, 2012 00:23 IST
Delhi-based Shriram Institute for Industrial Research has collected around 10 samples from two service lanes of the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road for testing on Saturday.
The 5-km stretch lanes are under repair since August 10 and are nearly complete.
Before paying the contractor for the repair, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) had roped in Shriram Institute for Industrial Research to conduct a quality test. The institute is likely to submit its report in a week.
In case the samples fail to qualify the test, Huda can scrap the contract, besides imposing penalty and even recovering the amount paid to the contractor.
“The shortfall would be revealed in the laboratory testing report,” said a senior Huda official, adding that it was being done to improve the quality of roads in Gurgaon as per the direction of the Haryana government.
According to sources, Huda is likely to invest more than Rs. 22 crore in repairing MG Road. It has already awarded the contract of service lanes and tender for the main carriageway is yet to be floated.
In terms of traffic movement, MG Road is next to the Gurgaon Expressway and its commercial value has increased many times in the past 10 years.
It is also known as Mall Mile since all major malls are on this road, besides the three Metro stations.
Huda also plans to rope in foreign technology to make it more sustainable as the civic body has received flak in the past. “We would not compromise with quality and, if need be, we may invite global tender for the repair work of the main carriageway. Meanwhile, we have asked the contractors to strictly follow the code of conduct and use good quality construction materials,” said Praveen Kumar, administrator, Huda.
Huda is likely to invest more than R200 crore in repairing of roads in the city, in the current financial year.