Potholes: The death traps along New Gurugram roads
Gurugram: Thousands of people living in the newly developed sectors of Gurugram have a tough time commuting through roads riddled with potholes. The 7 km stretch from National Highway-48 to Pataudi Road is especially dotted with innumerable potholes which has proved death trap for commuters, especially while travelling on a two wheeler.
Even the pedestrians are facing difficulties. While walking on the pavement they have to be extra conscious of the passing vehicle which could hit them after skidding on the potholes.
Praveen Malik, vice-president, United Association of New Gurugram (UANG), said, “This is the crucial road for the people living in Sectors 82 to 95. But the entire stretch is in deplorable condition. Negotiating the road has become nightmare for motorists. We have to drive carefully to avoid skidding and tripping on any of the potholes.”
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) had initiated repair and maintenance work on the stretch in February, but in less than a year the road developed several cracks and potholes.
Commuters allege that despite repeated complaints to the concerned authority, nothing has been done to improve the condition of the road.
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“If the civic authority is unable to maintain the road, they should outsource the task to some agency. Till the roads are repaired, it is extremely dangerous to commute through such roads,” said Malik.
Absence of a proper drainage system is another problem which results in waterlogging of the stretch with a few minutes of rain.
“The condition of the road is becoming worse by the day with bigger and deeper potholes. Streetlights on the road too are partially working. With no reflectors at any cuts or speed breaker road safety here is providential. As winter is setting in it is important for the authorities to take prompt action in the matter,” said Manjeet Malik, a resident of Spaze Privy.
There are two reasons behind the deterioration of the road. One, lack of maintenance, two, failure of the authorities to bar heavy vehicles from plying on the road. Bhupendra Narula, organisational secretary of UANG said, “There is a continuous movement of heavy vehicles on this road which further damages the road.”
The GMDA officials expressed their inability to initiate any kind of repair on the road citing the ongoing ban on construction. They, however, promised to carry out the repair work once the ban is lifted.
“The matter is known to us and we are already in the process to redevelop the road. The road has its own life and it is not designed for heavy vehicular movement for which we are preparing a report. Meanwhile, we will start the patchwork once the ban is lifted,” assured the GMDA official.