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Friday, 14 August 2020

1.5-km potholed road in Faridabad awaits funds for over two years

Bijendra Ahlawat

Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 13

The showers have again brought to attention the 1.5-km stretch connecting Hardware Chowk and Pyali Chowk in the NIT area of the city. Big potholes have been a cause for concern and protests for long, but the district administration has failed to sanction money for its repair.

Sources in the MC say the civic body had planned to spend Rs 3 crore in 2018, but it could not take up repair because of the shortage funds.

To put this situation in perspective, Rs 2,600 crore is being spent in Faridabad under the Smart City project. Where is the money being spent, angry residents ask.

"The stretch is the lifeline of the city linking the most densely populated areas. Roads in some of the industrial sectors have developed cracks, which have never been repaired," claimed Lokender Singh, a resident of Jawahar Colony here.

Surender from Dabua Colony said it was one of the worst patches in the city. "The authorities have failed to repair one of the busiest roads."

In March 2018, residents had protested here demanding repair of the road. "Then, the authorities had assured residents of repairing the road. But to date, nothing has been done. Worse, the condition of the road has deteriorated," said Varun Sheokand, who was among those who staged the sit-in.

SK Sharma, District Coordinator, Road Safety Organisation (RSO), claimed Rs 10 lakh was spent in 2018 on road repair, but it again developed cracks. "Not only the stretch connecting Hardware Chowk and Pyali Chowk, at least 10 other main roads get damaged or waterlogged every monsoon, causing inconvenience to commuters."

Birender Kardam, Superintending Engineer of the MC, said the civic body had been awaiting funds from the higher authorities to repair the road.

from The Tribune

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