Gurugrammers can expect some respite from pothole-ridden roads in the city over the coming months. A project has been launched by the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) to get special repair work done on eight stretches in the city.
The eight road stretches that have been selected for the project include some major ones as well as a few internal roads, confirmed GMDA officials in a report published in TOI.
The stretches selected for the project include MG Road, between Sikanderpur and IFFCO Chowk, IFFCO Chowk to Huda City Centre metro station, Huda City Centre metro station to Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) and Rezang La Chowk to NH-8.
Under special repair work, the existing road surface will be scraped off and resurfacing of the road will be done. Traditionally, road repair work includes just adding new surface to the existing road, often increasing the road level from footpaths. This not only causes inconvenience to the commuters but also leads to waterlogging.
The biggest relief will come for the commuters using SPR, which is one of the main roads connecting Vatika Chowk to Ghata T-junction. The road is a lifeline for commuters travelling towards Delhi and Faridabad from Golf Course Extension Road and Sohna Road.
The road is one of the worst affected as there is not even 50-metres stretch here that is free of potholes. “Though it is the shortest route for me to travel to my work place in Cyber Hub but these days I avoid it as the drive is very inconvenient. Traffic snarls have become a routine here,” said A Sharma, a resident of Vatika City.
“This road also sees a lot of heavy traffic movement and because of that breakdowns are also common. Most of the times, one lane is blocked leading to jams in peak hours,” said Neha Gupta, a resident of Nirvana Country.
According to the GMDA officials, the repair work of the stretch between Sikanderpur to IFFCO Chowk to Huda City Centre metro station alone would cost around Rs 10 crore. GMDA has a slew of projects lined up in the coming months.
The officials said that the authority is busy carrying out patch work at many places and also have work orders for painting of kerbs and maintenance of central verges. “We have decided to appoint agencies on an annual basis so as to ensure that roads in the city remain in good condition throughout the year,” said a GMDA official.