New roads soon in Gurugram’s South City 2
South City 2 residents can hope for a smooth ride in the near future as the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has approved a ₹1.33 crore tender for constructing roads in the area.
Work is expected to start from next week, officials said.The development can also be seen as an early indication of the maintenance transfer of eight private colonies to the MCG drawing closer.
Residents of South City 2, which was developed in the 1990s by Unitech, have, for long, held a grouse over the pitiable state of roads. The issue has been a heartburn for residents for
a decade and also found reference in the MCG’s assessment of the area last year.
Spread across 210.14 acres in sectors 49 and 50, more than 25,000 people reside in South City 2. In its assessment report in 2017, the MCG had pegged the expenditure for providing amenities, including roads, at ₹33.2 crore.
MCG’s 2017 assessment report for South City 2, a copy of which is with the Hindustan Times, states that a few of the major roads in the area were either repaired or carpeted seven (now eight) years ago and in the interim, “only patchwork had been carried out and internal roads needed re-carpeting immediately.”
The work allotment approval by MCG’s Finance & Contract Committee (F&CC) took place hours after a meeting between private developers and civic officials on Friday, where Unitech, the developer of South City 1 and 2, was directed to transfer its properties to the MCG, as it was unable to carry out the necessary repair work or pay the monetary sum needed for it to the MCG.
Mayor Madhu Azad, who had chaired the F&CC meeting, said that officials and councillors are privy to the colony transfer process and said that after studying several reports about the current status of roads, approval for allotment of work in South City 2 was given. “Councillors have been taking a regular update of the colony transfer process, and after deliberation, allotment work for constructing roads in South City 2 was given approval,” Azad said.
ND Vashisht, chief engineer, MCG said that the work will start by next week. “Once F&CC gives its approval, the executive engineer concerned will issue a work order for the project and construction will commence next week,” Vashisht said.
In May 2016, around 100 residents, including women and children, gathered on the main road and held a protest against the developer for not mending the potholed stretches.
“I have been living in Sector 49 since 2009 and can’t remember the last time there was a stretch of road in the area which was completely pothole-free or not broken in any manner. Like many other residents of the area, we are eagerly waiting for the takeover by MCG,” Abhishek Dayal, a resident of Nirvana Country, said.
Once work commences in the area, it would mark the second such instance wherein the MCG is carrying out work in any of the eight colonies that are due to be transferred to it.
In September 2017, MCG took charge of water supply from developer Ansal for Sushant Lok Phase 1. The six other colonies for transfer include DLF Phases 1-2-3, Sushant Lok Phase 1, Palam Vihar and Suncity.
Officials of Unitech could not be reached for a comment in the matter.