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Ghaziabad agencies asked to repair potholed roads

Some of the major areas where roads are in a bad condition are Kavi Nagar, Indirapuram, Shalimar Garden, Raj Nagar, Sahibabad and industrial areas, among others

noida Updated: Feb 19, 2018 23:11 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
PWD,Avas Vikas,Ghaziabad development authority
A woman was killed when a heavy roll of metal sheet fell on her after the truck lost balance on NH-24. The family has lodged an FIR blaming bad roads for her death. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The district magistrate has given fresh instructions to different Ghaziabad agencies to ensure that all roads in their jurisdiction areas are pothole-free. The instructions were issued following an inspection of different areas which found most roads to be in a state of disrepair.

In an incident on late Sunday night, the family of a 35-year-old woman lodged an FIR against officials of the public works department and National Highways Authority of India alleging that potholes led to an accident in which the victim was killed.

“Different agencies such as PWD, Avas Vikas, Ghaziabad development authority and the municipal corporation have been asked to chalk out plans to ensure that the roads are made pothole-free. A major portion of the roads is under the jurisdiction of the corporation,” Ritu Maheshwari, district magistrate, Ghaziabad, said.

“Since the corporation maintains a huge road network, we have decided that funds can also be provided by the development authority, if needed. In Indirapuram, I have asked the GDA to prepare a plan to repair roads. During an inspection, several roads in Indirapuram were found to be in a damaged condition,” she added.

After the Bharatiya Janata Party government assumed charge in the state, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had given instructions to make all roads in the state pothole-free.

In this context, the roads in Ghaziabad were also repaired and nearly 90% of the roads were revamped by June 15, 2017. However, the condition of some of the roads shows signs of deterioration.

Some of the major areas where roads are in a bad condition are Kavi Nagar, Indirapuram, Shalimar Garden, Raj Nagar, Sahibabad and industrial areas, among others.

The residents said certain roads in their areas were not taken up during the previous pothole-free drive.

“The roads in Rajendra Nagar Sector 2, near Lohiya Park and Block B in Shalimar Garden are riddled with potholes. They were not repaired during the previous drive,” Jugal Kishor, a resident of Shalimar Garden, said.

Residents of Indirapuram said roads were repaired during the previous drive, but now have developed potholes.

“The roads are showing signs of deterioration. Another major problem here is that residents have encroached upon drains,” Alok Kumar, president of federation of association of apartment owners, Indirapuram, said.

Manish Verma, executive engineer, PWD, said, “Most of the roads under our jurisdiction were repaired. However, some parts have gone bad again because of improper drainage of water. In some areas, movement of heavy trucks have damaged roads.”

“We have written to the NHAI to help us repair roads and provide us funds for the process,” he said.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 23:11 IST