Congested, dusty and unswept, Hero Honda Chowk drives pollution worry
Residents alleged that repair work on Hero Honda Chowk has been pending for yearsgurgaon Updated: Oct 24, 2017 23:21 IST
Commuters and residents of sectors 10-A, 37-C, and other neighbouring areas have alleged that the road from Basai to Hero Honda Chowk is in a dilapidated state and that find it difficult to cross the stretch during peak hours. They further alleged that repair of the road has been pending from last several years and nothing has been done by the civic authorities.
Residents claimed that officials from Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) are not taking the ownership for the sweeping the road, which has worsened due to the ongoing construction at Hero Honda Chowk.
Commuters added that heavy vehicles use the road to avoid paying toll tax, due to which the road becomes congested during peak hours and results in traffic snarls.
“Residents and commuters have been suffering due to the dust and pollution, leading to eye infections for many. Despite several complaints to the authorities, no action has been taken by officials,” said Sangeeta Singhla, a resident of Sector 9A.
Hundreds of commuters get stuck and have been complaining of pollution issues on the stretch due to the ongoing construction at Hero Honda Chowk. Memebers of the resident’s welfare association (RWA) of the area have met officials several times and have raised this concern through social media to HUDA as well. The RWA members say the officials have promised to take action, but so far, nothing has been done.
“While coming from Hero Honda Chowk, the stretch after the first red-light is in horrible condition, it’s completely potholed. The road has been encroached on from both sides and it is a challenge for the residents to cross the stretch”, said Dr Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Takshila Heights.
“The residents fear to use this stretch but they don’t have any other option. During an emergency, people can’t cross the road, and get delayed in reaching the hospital. The stretch becomes dark and women commuting on the stretch feel scared to use it. And since there are no functional street lights, the road looks haunted,” said Vikas Bansal, general secretary, RWA, Takshila Heights, said.
Also, the stretch also lacks street lights, which is a major reason for accidents on the two-kilometre stretch leading towards Basai.
On the other hand, Huda officials said they will soon start anti-encroachment drive on the stretch to remove the encroachment.
Sanjeev Singla, estate officer, Huda, said, “We have got the inspection of the stretch done and will ensure that the encroachments are removed at the earliest. The dust and pollution is due to the ongoing construction and this will also be resolved soon.”