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Bad roads: Udyog Vihar residents at the mercy of contractor

Udyog Vihar, the major industrial hub in the area, still does not have good roads. This, despite the fact that the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), which is the area promoter, spends crores on improvement of city roads.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2012 01:00 IST
Deevakar Anand
Deevakar Anand
Hindustan Times

Udyog Vihar, the major industrial hub in the area, still does not have good roads. This, despite the fact that the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), which is the area promoter, spends crores on improvement of city roads.

Blame it on poor planning or lack of accountability; roads built hardly two months ago in the five phases of Udyog Vihar have developed potholes.

“It often leads to breakdown of cars and two wheeler riders meeting with accidents,” said a traffic constable even as he struggled to direct traffic on a stretch near the office of Quatro BPO in phase 2.

Documents with HT show that HSIIDC had earmarked R6crore for the repair and re-carpeting of roads and had even awarded the tender to a Delhi-based construction company in July last year.

The company was given six months to complete the work. But there is hardly any sign of completion of the work. Moreover, the roads which were carpeted have already been damaged.

The potholes on stretches near the Jwala Mills in Phase 5 and in front of five star hotels — The Trident and The Oberoi — where the roads were re-carpeted show how shoddily the work was carried out by the

contractor on these stretches.

Both HSIIDC and the contractor were unable to give a satisfactory explanation. Gurgaon DGM of the HSIIDC Hamvir Singh said, “Due to the cold climate, work has been stopped. We have not yet released the money to the contractor which will be

done only after the work is completed.”

While Singh did not give any logic for not carrying out the work during winter, a staff of the contractor gave a frivolous explanation.

“Even before the newly laid roads dry up to its strength, vehicles begin plying on them and damage them. Blame the traffic mismanagement, not us,” he said.

Aseem Takyar, an industrialist questioned the HSIIDC’s mode of re-laying the roads every six months or so.

“The condition of the roads does not improve, in fact they put a new layer of tar without removing the damaged ones which increases the height of the road. During rains, water flows down from roads into the industrial units,” he said.

First Published: Jan 27, 2012 00:59 IST