Winter setting in, Ghaziabad yet to repair potholed roadsUpdated: Oct 15, 2020, 22:56 IST
Although the Ghaziabad district administration, with a hope to reduce pollution before winter, ordered agencies to take adequate measures in September, potholed roads remain unfixed.
According to the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB), there are 78 stretches -- of which 41 are in the trans-Hindon area --in the city that are in a state of disrepair. Such roads can often result in increased particulate matter and spike pollution.
The list of 41 potholed stretches in trans-Hindon include the ones at Atal Chowk, Budh Chowk in Vasundhara while others are spotted near Pinnacle Tower, Shipra Sun City, DPS Indirapuram, CISF Road, Ahimsa Khand I and II and Shakti Khand III among others in Indirapuram. The locality of Vausndhara has further list of spots in sector-6, sector-5, sector-2b and sector-9 among others.
In Vaishali, the spots affected are in sector-5, near Design Arch highrise among others while in Kaushambi the spots are located near Yashoda Hospital, near Pacific Mall among others.
The residents said that the condition of roads have gone bad to worse after the monsoon season.
“We have been writing to the authority to get the repairs done but no one acted. Even the pipeline laying work on the CISF road has been prolonged and giving nightmares to daily commuters. The other side of the CISF road which is is use is also in bas shape,” said Alok Kumar, founder member of federation of association of apartment owners.
“Due to bad roads, commuters face issues besides there is pollution on account of fuel during traffic snarls and such roads also contribute to dust emission which finally affects air quality,” he added.
VN Singh, the chief engineer of Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) said that tenders for Indirapuram and Swarnjayantipuram localities under GDA jurisdiction have been floated.
“We expect that the road repair works will be taken up in another one week. For the CISF Road we plan to get it repaired only when the work for the pipeline laying gets complete. Otherwise, the repairs will further get deteriorated due to ongoing work,” he added.
In a their recently concluded study, ‘Monitoring of total road dust and dust particles up to 75 microns (aerodynamic particle) on selected main roads of Ghaziabad City,’ the UPPCB found dust concentrations in the range between 14.43 to 579.54 grams per square metres (g/m²) at 18 different road stretches in Ghaziabad.
The study also found that dust particles up to 75 microns in size were found to be concentrated between 2.22 to 154.37 g/m² at the 18 stretches. The study gave officials an insight into the dust emission issues which need to be taken up for different roads.
Meanwhile, the other areas suffering potholes and bad road patches were identified in cis-Hindon areas like Raj Nagar Extension, Shastri Nagar, Hindon Vihar, Pratap Vihar, Meerut Road industrial area, Bulandhshar Road industrial area, South Side GT Road industrial area among others.
“There will be many more areas which might be having potholes and need to be identified. Since the corporation is a maintenance agency it should have a separate head for annual maintenance contract for road repairs and it will be better if they have road repair machines available with them for immediate repairs,” said Colonel (retired) TP Tyagi, president of flat owners’ federation.
“The road repair works if taken during the winter season will take time for the bitumen to settle down. And, it will be difficult to restrict commuters to pass through it. Ideally, all the repair works should have been completed well before the graded response action plan comes into effect,” he added.
Municipal commissioner MS Tanwar said that the corporation has already floated tenders for about 30-35 roads under phase 1.
“The works are likely to get complete by end of October. Meanwhile, tenders for other roads will be taken up in phase 2 and these can be taken up in November. We are ensuring that the works are taken up at the earliest and repairs taken up,” he added.