HT Impact: Need road repairs in Panchkula on war footing, MLA tells Haryana minister
Panchkula in the pits: In the past two days, HT has highlighted how important stretches in the city are riddled with potholes, making these a commuters’ nightmare.punjab Updated: Sep 21, 2017 12:36 IST
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) MLA Gian Chand Gupta — who has been accused of not doing enough to improve the condition of city’s roads — has shot off a letter to the Haryana local bodies minister, stating that the party’s image is in danger.
In the past two days, HT has highlighted how important stretches in the city are riddled with potholes, making these a commuters’ nightmare.
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Gupta requested the minister, Kavita Jain, to employ any external agency — Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) or public works department — to start the repair works at the earliest.
At the time of filing the report, Jain’s response was awaited.
Putting all the blame on the mayor and municipal corporation (MC) officers, MLA Gupta said the development work in the city has come to a standstill. “Such a situation is leading to bad image of the government, as well as the local representative of the party. Therefore there is an urgent need to address the issue,” he said in the letter.
“In case MC is unable to start recarpeting work, it is better to outsource work to any external agency in order to provide relief to the city residents ,” he said. Gupta said there is a daily report of fatal accidents on the city roads. “We need to start the work on a war footing,” he said.
Patch work begins, but pace slow
The MC’s engineering wing has begun patch work in critical areas. But given the scale of the situation, the pace is slow. Only a small patch near Sector 12-A was covered on Wednesday besides the road dividing Sector 3 and 21.
“Two teams have been deployed to do the patch work. They will increase the pace of work on Thursday,” said junior engineer Bhupesh Kumar. But residents want a permanent solution. SK Nayyar of the citizen’s welfare association said the MC is trying to befool the people with patch work. “We need new roads at the earliest,” he said.
However, the MC does not have much time for the construction of new roads. Once the temperature drops below 20°C, generally by November, the road work is called off as roads do not get proper heat from the inside.
“Technically, we have just 50 days till the end of October to make new roads, said an MC official. “If the work does not start soon, the city will have to bear with the problem for some more months.”