Pothole-ridden road takes a toll on Gurugram commuters
 Pothole-ridden road takes a toll on Gurugram commuters
Akanksha Gupta
 Pothole-ridden road takes a toll on Gurugram commuters
 

 Pothole-ridden road takes a toll on Gurugram commuters

Gurugram:  Commuters have a harrowing time while negotiating the potholes riddled road of New Palam Vihar. The entire stretch of one km from Palam Vihar H block to Chauma railway crossing is in a despicable condition. Potholes add to the commuters' woes.

The entire stretch is full of deep potholes, broken patches which not only pose a problem for ther commuters but also add to dust pollution.

No repair work has been done on this stretch for a very long time despite repeated complaints to the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA). 

The stretch is crucial for the people living in the area as it connects New Palam Vihar with Palam Vihar, Sector 21, Maruti Udyog, Udyog Vihar, Cyber City etc. It also caters to commuting need of thousands of residents of Mahindra Aura, Puri Diplomatic Greens, Sai Kunj, Capital Heights, Experion located at Sector 110 and 110 A.

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Pointing at the garbage scattered in and around the Chauma railway crossing opposite DPSG School and Metro Heart Institute Hospital, Ajit Gupta of Mahindra Aura said, “It reflects on the sense of responsibility of the civic agency. No one bothers about the inconvenience caused to the passersby.”

The commuters quite often fall off their vehciles, especially two-wheelers, skidding on the potholes.  Several minor incidents have been reported in the past, but this (fall in the middle of the road), at times, can even result in fatal accidents. 

The residents lament that the civic administration has turned a blind eye to the road safety. Ajit Gupta says, “The administration has yet to sense the severity of the same. Or who knows, they are waiting for some major mishap before taking action.” 

Pointing at his ramshackle car, Amit Mittal, another resident, said, “I bought this vehicle just two years ago. “Thanks to the potholed road, it is reduced to a metal scrap.” 

“Schoolchildren,” he said, “are the worst affected with no alternate to the road. I, for one, bear the brunt as I have to commute on this unsafe stretch daily. Due to congestion on the road most of the time it takes me 30 to 40 minutes to cross the stretch,” he said.

Meanwhile, the GMDA official confirmed that the matter was known to them and they would soon start the repair work.