The residents of Ahinsa Khand II, Indirapuram, will have to wait till the next year to get some relief from the traffic jams owing to dilapidated condition of Mall Road, one of the major stretches of the area.
Even before the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) could start the repair work on the road, which was earlier dug out to lay down a sewer pipeline, a second round of civic work to install the Ganga Water Pipeline is all set to add to the mess.
The Mall Road, which has been temporarily covered with mud, has become highly prone to traffic jams.
Assistant Engineer of GDA, Vijay Pratap Singh, said that the work to install the pipeline will begin in two to three days and the road will only be fully repaired by the next year. “The work of installing the Ganga Water Pipeline will finish by the end of December. So, the road is expected to be repaired by the beginning of January next year,” he said.
The Mall Road connects 22 societies and over 40,000 residents of Ahinsa Khand II to the other parts of the city. But for the past few months, the road has become a scene of chaos.
Once the work on sewer pipeline had finished, the GDA had temporarily patched up the road with mud and grit to resume traffic movement. However, the poor patchwork has forced the residents to use the other concreted side for vehicular movement resulting in harrowing traffic jams during the peak hours.
"The whole place is dug up and there has been no repair work. Heavy traffic jams during the rush hours or when school buses enter the road have become a norm. It’s so frustrating to get stuck in jam just after exiting the society gates,” said Ashok Lavanya, a resident of Angel Jupiter society.
The residents also complained that the street lights are not working on the stretch. “Driving on this stretch has become extremely risky during the late hours,” a resident of Cloud 9 society who did not want to be named said.
Meanwhile, Alok Kumar, president of Federation of Apartment Owners Association (FedAOA) said that the development work was worth enduring the short-term trouble. “For years, we have struggled to get the Ganga Water Pipeline in Ahinsa Khand II. I think the residents should acknowledge our struggle and keep a little more patience as at the end of the day, they will only benefit,” he said.