A number of roads in varied south Delhi colonies similar to Defence Colony, Malviya Nagar, Saket, Inexperienced Park and Mehrauli have worn out attributable to lack of restore and upkeep inflicting water-logging, accidents and injury to autos, residents complained.
Most of those roads are maintained by the municipal companies. Native councillors mentioned that as a result of nationwide lockdown to curb the unfold of coronavirus, lack of funds and labour roads couldn’t be re-carpeted and potholes repaired forward of the monsoon.
Residents of Defence Colony D-block mentioned getting autos inside throughout the rains is a nightmare and that there have been frequent accidents. Blocks A and C too have related uneven roads, which have been patched up at some locations.
“Your complete stretch will get immersed in water after rain. Pedestrians are all the time in danger. Many cyclists and people coming for house deliveries of meals and grocery get damage. A number of months in the past, a baby broke his ankle on the highway,” mentioned Soni Singh, a resident of D-block.
Main Ranjit Singh (retd), president, Defence Colony RWA, mentioned after repeated letters and requests to senior officers of the civic physique in addition to political representatives relaying of the stretch has been sanctioned a number of days in the past. “We’ve written to the SDMC officers to contain the RWA when the venture begins in order that we be sure that there are not any autos parked on the stretch and it’s totally lined. Additionally, there are different roads which are in unhealthy situation and have to be repaired,” he mentioned.
Native municipal councillor Seema Malik agreed that a number of highway stretches in her ward are in a nasty situation. “The stretch in C-block has not been fastened for nearly 11 years. Simply 4 days in the past, I’ve bought ₹71 lakh sanctioned for bettering and strengthening the highway. There are numerous roads in poor situation in C-block and different areas. I’m making an attempt to get approval for repairs,” she mentioned.
Councillors in different areas mentioned for the reason that municipal companies are going through large funds crunch, a number of works have gotten delayed. They mentioned the native space growth funds for councillors has additionally been halved from final 12 months.
Rakhi Jain, a resident of Ok-block, Saket, mentioned roads within the space haven’t been repaired for the previous seven years. “Patches had been repaired a while in the past, nevertheless it didn’t final greater than two to 3 months. The work was sanctioned and even began in some pockets earlier than meeting elections, however then it bought delayed once more due to the lockdown,” mentioned Jain, joint secretary of the Ok-block RWA.
Kishanwati, the AAP councillor from Lado Sarai ward, which incorporates Saket, mentioned the work of re-laying and repairing roads has been relaunched in lots of colonies, together with Lodo Sarai, Katwaria Sarai and Ber Sarai. “Work has began in components of Saket as properly. Will probably be executed in all blocks. The MLA has helped me with funds for works in my ward,” mentioned Kishanwati.
Residents in close by Mehrauli are additionally scuffling with poor roads for greater than a 12 months and a half. “The Delhi Jal Board had dug up round 20-25 kms of the highway for laying water pipeline. Since then it has not been repaired. There have been accidents attributable to poor roads. Regardless of a number of requests, the authorities have executed nothing,” mentioned Sandeep Bali, president, Mehrauli RWA.
Whereas officers within the DJB mentioned that the highway chopping price has already been paid to the South Delhi Municipal Company (SDMC), civic officers mentioned that they’ve acquired solely half the funds.
Mehrauli councillor Aarti Singh mentioned, “I’ve been requesting the realm MLA to assist with the discharge of remaining funds, however there was no response. Additionally, work has been held up due to lack of labour.”
Mehrauli MLA Naresh Yadav mentioned the fee for chopping roads for laying water and sewer pipelines got to the civic physique even earlier than the elections. “Round ₹20 crores have been deposited with the company for the venture. The roads are in unhealthy situation and it falls below the civic physique. They’ve failed to make use of the funds for doing fundamental highway restore work,” mentioned Yadav.
SDMC spokesperson Radha Krishan mentioned, “The work was delayed due to the lockdown and the continued restrictions. It’s now being taken up on a precedence foundation in areas the place enchancment and strengthening of roads was due.”