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Monday, 11 January 2021

Damaged highway to be repaired in month

Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 10

In a meeting held between Neeraj Sharma, MLA from NIT Assembly segment, and the PWD authorities here today, the officials concerned assured to get the repairs done of the damaged section of the Ballabgarh-Sohna highway within a month. This comes within 36 hours of a report regarding the issue in the columns of The Tribune.

With around 10 km of the passage lying damaged for the past over two-and-a-half years, the authorities concerned didn’t suspend the collection of toll from commuters on this state highway.

While Sharma claimed that he had been in touch with the state government for a long time, he said he had requested the PWD to conduct a physical survey of the patch, especially the area falling under the NIT Assembly segment. For this, a meeting was held at the toll plaza located near Pakhal village.

He said the meeting was attended by the Superintending Engineer, PWD, Rajiv Yadav, who he said has assured to get the repairs done in a month. He said a dispute between the concessionaire and Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) had been going on regarding the repair of a section which was dug up for laying a sewer line in 2018-19.

Admitting that PWD has taken cognisance of the matter, Yadav said that issue would be taken up with the MCF so that repairs are done immediately. He said since it was a toll road, the concessionaire is responsible for maintenance, though overall supervision is under the state government.

The 32 km-long road built on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis was opened in 2012. The toll charge varies between Rs 27 and Rs 300 per vehicle for one way. BK Kardam, Chief Engineer, MCF, said that the civic body is ready to pay the cost of the repairs of the patch dug up for the sewer line.

from The Tribune

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