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3 Engineers Assigned, 5 Yrs Gone, 3.4km Spr Link Is Still Not Ready | Gurgaon News – Times of India

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Gurgaon: The construction of the master road connecting sectors 77, 78, 79 and 79A with the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) started around five years ago but is yet to be completed. Three executive engineers of GMDA have been assigned the project since 2018, but only 75% of the work has been completed so far.
While the metropolitan authority had earlier claimed that the road will be completed by July end, officials are now saying it will take another 5-6 months.
Construction of the 3.4km master road was first proposed in 2016. In April 2018, it was transferred to GMDA, which allotted a tender for the project in December 2018 at a cost of 18.9 crore. The executive engineer given charge of the project at that time was reassigned in mid-2022 due to delays in its execution. Another engineer was put in charge of the project a couple of months later, but it was reassigned to a different executive engineer last week as part of an internal reshuffle.
According to GMDA officials, the initial deadline of the project was six months, but the contractor who was awarded the work completed only 10% of the project till May 2022 despite repeated notices from the metropolitan authority. GMDA then allotted the work to another agency in June last year.
The project also presented several other challenges, including two structures and a hillock falling in the alignment of the road, delay in release of compensation by HSVP and in obtaining environmental clearance for dismantling the hillock, and excessive rain hampering construction work.
“Apart from a 540m stretch where the hillock lies, laying of dense bituminous macadam has been completed on most of the road. The auction of the hillock material is complete and dismantling work will be expedited. We are making efforts to complete the work within the next 5-6 months,” a senior GMDA official said.
Residents, meanwhile, have accused the GMDA for not prioritising the city’s infrastructure.
“Construction of a road has become a five-year plan and with the current pace, it doesn’t seem like it will be completed anytime soon. They have already failed to meet the deadline multiple times. When the road is ready, more than half a dozen societies and villages, apart from those in the NSG base camp and Manesar police lines, will benefit,” said Dhirendra Kumar, president of Mapsko Mount Ville RWA in Sector 79.
Kaushal Pandya, a resident of Godrej 101 in the same sector, said: “We were assured completion of this road and connectivity with SPR two years ago. Work is moving at a snail’s pace. Residents are suffering due to the poor road infrastructure, but the authorities don’t care about our plight.”


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