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Delay In Shifting Of Power Poles Holds Up Work On Key Road In New Sectors | Gurgaon News – Times of India

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GURGAON: Delay in shifting of utilities has become a major obstacle in the completion of a 300-metre stretch of the master road dividing sectors 81 and 86. This has made commuting tough, residents of the area said.
According to officials from the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), three electricity poles are coming in the alignment of the road. Work on the stretch started earlier this year.
Earlier, the incomplete 300m stretch was encroached upon by locals. In 2021, Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) cleared the land of squatters and handed it to GMDA. Subsequently, the metropolitan authority floated a tender in May 2021 for construction of the stretch, along with missing patches on four other roads, at a cost of Rs 5.3 crore. Although the work was awarded in 2022 with a completion timeline of six months, it could be started only earlier this year. The 60m-wide road links sectors 81 and 86 to IMT Manesar and the Sector 83 master road, which leads to Dwarka Expressway.
“Earlier, we were facing hindrances due to delays in getting the permission from the forest department to carry out construction on a 10-metre patch. Now, we are awaiting shifting of three power poles falling in the alignment of this road by Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN). Although we have carried out construction of stormwater drains along the stretch and granular sub-base work on it, bituminous work can only be started after the discom shifts the poles,” a senior GMDA official said.
Meanwhile, DHBVN conceded that there have been delays in shifting but added that the work would be done within two weeks. “We have allotted the work but due to unavailability of material, the shifting was delayed. We are trying to complete the work within the next 10-15 days,” an official said.
Residents, however, blamed GMDA for “dragging its feet” on the project. Amit Shekhar, a resident of Vipul Lavanya, said they have been following up on the matter with GMDA since August 2020 and were elated when work began, but there has been no progress on the ground in the past few months.
“The road is hardly 1km long but two patches aren’t motorable at all. So far, GMDA has only laid the granular material base. It doesn’t seem that the work will be completed soon,” he added.
Not only the incomplete patch, but the condition of the entire road is also no better, residents said. The master road is full of potholes, making commuting a pain, they said.
Amit Gupta, a resident of Microtek Greenburg, said driving has become a daily hassle.
“There are huge potholes, as hardly any maintenance work is carried out on this road. There are schools and half a dozen residential societies in the locality, but the area lacks proper road connectivity. During the morning rush hours, there is complete chaos on the road, as people are forced to drive on the wrong side,” Gupta added.


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