No more an ‘orphan road’
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No more an ‘orphan road’

The 2.5 km long potholed Sahraul Road in Sector 18, which was christened Anaath (orphan) Road, has finally found a caretaker, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2009 23:25 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times

The 2.5 km long potholed Sahraul Road in Sector 18, which was christened Anaath (orphan) Road, has finally found a caretaker.

Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will be handed over the road after repair work by the Public Works Department (PWD).

Many industrial units and offices of national and international companies on both sides of this road had protested against its pathetic condition.

No civic body was taking responsible for the road.

It took the intervention of Haryana Finance Minister Birender Singh who was in Gurgaon on Saturday to listen to the grievances of the people.

The road was named an “orphan road” by irate industrialists in a protest on April 30 this year.

The minister directed PWD officials to immediately start repair work of this road and hand it over to HUDA.

A delegation of industrialists of Sector 18 had taken up the matter with the finance minister in the presence of Deputy Commissioner RK Kataria and officials of various civic agencies at the Mini Secretariat.

The non-motor able road connecting Gurgaon expressway and Old Delhi Road (on which India’s largest carmaker Maruti Udyog Limited has its factory) had been discarded by everyone.

The road had not been repaired since 2003 when HUDA constructed it overnight for some delegation.

Before that the road was constructed in 1992 when a top UK delegation had to visit Gurgaon and was to pass through this road.

The road has well known corporate entities such as Siemens, Pearl Pet, Agilent Technologies, Tupper Ware, HCL, Lumax, Orient Craft, Munjal Showa and many others on both sides.

NS Grewal, director with Orient Craft Exports House, said it was a long battle fought before the finance minister intervened.

“Just 180 metres of the length of the 2.25 km road is in motorable condition and the rest is beyond recognition. The entire stretch is full of potholes and pits even when foreign dignitaries and honchos from across the world visit the factories and offices situated along this road,” he said.

First Published: Jun 06, 2009 23:23 IST