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Golden Avenue residents rue lack of proper roads

Residents of nearly 450 houses of Phase 2 of Golden Avenue are suffering from lack of proper roads in the colony.

punjab Updated: Sep 02, 2013 20:56 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla
Sanjeev Bhalla
Hindustan Times

Residents of nearly 450 houses of Phase 2 of Golden Avenue are suffering from lack of proper roads in the colony.

The colony was approved by the MC in 2010 and the residents had deposited development charges worth Rs 50 lakhs to get the approval. Since then, no development has been initiated, residents rued.

"By requesting the MCJ authorities, we managed to get the main road of the colony laid in 2012. As far as the condition of the interior roads is concerned, it is inundated.

The work had been allotted by the MCJ but it got stalled permanently," said Inderjit Singh Bhalla, president of the residents' welfare association.

In the colony, several retired and working bureaucrats reside who had opted to settle here thinking that their lives would be comfortable as the colony is close to the bus stand.

"In 2010 the residents, decided to contribute their share of Rs 50 lakh to the MC which also passed a resolution to approve the same," he added.

Former chief secretary Punjab NK Arora, a resident of the colony, when approached by HT said, "It is surprising that the work started here and got halted for years. Financial crunch could be the reason why the residents have been suffering."

In the first phase of the construction of roads laying pebbles and earthing was done. Manholes were kept above the road-level citing that the levelling would be done when the road would be surfaced.

These are inviting mishaps all the time and several residents have got injured due to these manholes.

Official Speaks

Junior Engineer Sukhwinder Singh when contacted revealed that the work had been allotted to M/s PP enterprises and M/s Satish Aggarwal and Company and both the contractors are in loggerheads with MCJ in Punjab and Haryana Highcourt due to non clearance of their bills. Now, we have received some funds, hopefully, the work would be started soon.

Voicing Concerns

Kamaldeep Singh Randhawa, Advocate

We feel cheated after depositing Rs 50 lakh as development charges, we got nothing. Had we spent this amount on the development of the area we could have been made it an ideal place to live.

Dr IS Bhalla, president, Resident Welfare Association

As the earth had been laid on the roads nearly two years back, grass had found its place at most of the places. It would prove more harmful if the MCJ engineers fail to remove the grass before putting bitumen on the roads.

JL Mehta, retired scientist from ISRO

After availing voluntary retirement, I settled here but there are no roads in this area. It gives leaves a bad impression on our guests who visit the area.

TS Mangat, retired DSP
It seems now that we have no other option left. For the last two years, we are only getting assurances.

First Published: Sep 02, 2013 20:54 IST