Ggn: Trees felled to widen road, but no progress on work

By Reena Dhankher
Photo: Reena Dhankher
Posted: Jun 30, 2017

The road that connects Old Delhi Road and IFFCO Chowk has always suffered terrible traffic snarls. A while back about 70 trees were felled to widen the road, but has that helped? Nope. The road lies as it was, with widening work on at a sluggish pace.

The road runs between sectors 17 and 18. Residents of societies along the road are not only appalled at the pace but also the felling of so many trees.

“They were such beautiful trees, almost 40 years old — neem, banyan and paanch patti," said Dr Sudhir Sahdev, a resident of IFFCO Colony. "The authorities took just a week to cut all of them off. Now neither do we have the trees, nor a wide road."

“We were expecting the work to be completed by now," said DS Yadav, president of Sector 17B. "We had decided we would plant trees before the monsoons, so they grow quickly."

Speaking about the situation, Yash Pal Yadav, Huda administrator, said, “I understand the residents' concern about the felling of trees. With such an exponential increase in traffic volume over the past few years, we were left with no alternative but to clear the area for road widening. We have imposed a fine on the contractor for delaying the widening work, and have ordered him to resume work in the next four days."

TAGS: Sector 17 / Sector 18 / Gurgaon / Traffic / Old Delhi Road / IFFCO Chowk / Haryana Urban Development Authority / HUDA / IFFCO Colony