No fix in sight for Gurgaon’s broken roads
The internal roads of societies such as Sushant Lok, phases 1 and 2, South City 1 and 2, sectors 44, 56 and 57, Golf Course Road, new sectors and old Gurgaon are riddled with potholes and one can find a broken patch every 100 metres.gurgaon Updated: Aug 06, 2017 22:53 IST
Despite being set a deadline of July 15 and spending over Rs102 crore of the state funds for road repairs, a majority of the city roads continue to be in a dilapidated condition.
The internal roads of societies such as Sushant Lok, phases 1 and 2, South City 1 and 2, sectors 44, 56 and 57, Golf Course Road, new sectors and old Gurgaon are riddled with potholes and one can find a broken patch every 100 metres.
Civic agencies — Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and the Public Works Department (PWD) — and private developers continue to pass the buck onto each other.
V Umashankar, the MCG commissioner, said, “Beside Rs102 crore, over Rs80 crore road repair work has also been allotted. Owing to the rain in early June, aside from basic concretization, work has been suspended indefinitely until the end of the monsoon. We are anticipating to resume work in the first week of September.”
According to residents, the major problems hindering road repairs is the multiplicity of agencies and lack of clarity on agency concerned for repair. Residents have taken to the roads in protest over the condition of roads and in some cases, have even got the roads repaired by pooling funds.
Multiplicity of agencies
Gurgaon has roughly 2,500 kilometres of road length, which have been built and maintained by multiple agencies — Huda, MCG, PWD, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), in some areas.
In comparison, Noida has a single authority that plans, builds and maintains the roads.
“There should be a single authority to maintain the city’s core infrastructure, which is either in shambles or does not exist. There is no one to take responsibility and provide a solution to problems faced by residents,” Chaitali Mandhotra of Ardee City said.
Kavita Singh of Jalvayu Towers in Sector 56 said, “My car has been damaged twice. I have seen motorists falling off their bike but the authorities have failed to repair the small stretch in front of the Kanhai village, which is a major concern.”
In some of the areas where roads are non-motorable, such as Sushant Lok Phase 1, Suncity and Ardee City, the reason for the poor condition is attributed to the awaited transfer of colonies to the MCG, which is under process.
Upon chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s directions, the maintenance of nine developer colonies will be taken over by MCG.
At present, the colonies to be handed over are being assessed and a report will be filed. Following the report, residents will be called to file their objections after which the report will be finalised. The MCG will then give the builder of repairing infrastructure or paying the agency for undertaking repairs.
“From the MCG to the chief minister’s office, we have knocked on every single door. However, the agencies are only indulging in a blame game while we continue to suffer. We won’t settle for platitudes or false promises anymore,” Sudhir Sachdeva, member, the collegium of Sushant Lok residents’ welfare association (RWA). Sushant Lok-1 is a 25-year-old licensed colony that was built by the Ansal group.
Residents repair road themselves
In May 2016, residents of A-block of Sushant Lok-1 got a 500-metre, 18 metre-wide road repaired at a cost of Rs3.5 lakh.
In July 2017, residents of Fresco in Sector 50 got a 140 metre stretch from the main gate to the colony repaired, after accumulating voluntary donations from colony residents.
Repair roads or no vote
On July 25, RWAs of five private societies in Sector 50, Fresco, North Close, South Close, Nirvana Country and South City 2 held a meeting and decided not to cast their votes in the upcoming MCG polls if the roads are not repaired.
“Not even a single resident will cast his/her vote in the upcoming MCG polls till they deliver on promised road repairs in Sushant Lok-1,” Sachdeva said.
Neeraj Yadav, South City-2 RWA president, “We have tried approaching all authorities and even met the PWD minister but have not got any relief. Our life is going to be problematic if the situation remains the same.”