Surajkund-Badhkal road to be ready for use by June
Work was scheduled to be completed by April end but officials attributed the delay to the frequent rains.
We are giving finishing touches to this road and we believe it will be ready by the first week of June
SATPAL DAHIYA HUDA executive engineer
Work of widening the Surajkund-Badhkal road that started in 2013 is almost complete and if the authorities are to be believed, this road will be completely ready for smooth drive in the first week of June.
The new look of Surajkund-Bhadkal road after its widening. Commuters would be able to use it by the first week of June.
“We are giving finishing touches to this road and we believe the road will be completely ready in a few days from now, that is, the first week of June”, said Satpal Dahiya, Executive Engineer, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
Work on the 12-kilometer Surajkund-Badhkal road, running already behind schedule was earlier to be ready by April end even as the officials attributed delay to the frequent and unseasonal rains hampering work on this project. But now the officials are confident that there won’t be any further delay in its completion. However, some commuters alleged that quality of work on the road is not up to the mark given the fact even when the project is yet to complete, some patches on this road have started appearing. “I wonder lot many patches have appeared on this road,” said a resident of Surajkund, adding, “the agencies monitoring construction of this road should take blame if quality of the construction was not good.”
It may be mentioned even the allegations of indiscriminate mining activity on this project was cited by some as the main cause behind inordinate delay in its completion, but the officials said the work on the project goes in accordance with the approved detailed project report.
“Some committee had been formed to look into complaints of mining on this project,” a senior HUDA of ficer had informed. However, when contacted, Faridabad deputy commissioner Amit Aggarwal had in a text message replied, “Yes, ADC is enquiring into it.” He was responding to a query whether any committee has been constituted to look into complaints of mining during widening of Surajkund-Badhkal road.
Later, there were reports the ADC Aditya Dahiya has submitted report to the deputy commissioner, but the contents were not available. But sources said that final report by the ADC is yet to be submitted which may take some time.
The work on ` 85 crore worth Surajkund-Badhkal road project was started in April 2013 after the then state government led by then Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda approved the project in February 2013. The scheduled time of completion of this project was initially fixed as one year, but as per the officials, the project got delayed due to hilly terrain.
“Since we reside close to this road, the common feeling among the residents who commute on this road is that indiscriminate mining in the guise of widening this road has not only delayed completion of this project but has also robbed the road of its basic strength when the stones are excavated,” said Sukhdev Singh, former general secretary of Resident Welfare Association, Sector 21D (West).
“The government should ensure quality of this road as public money has been used on this project and we should not face the problem of potholes, which normally occur soon after work on any road is completed,” he added.
It may be mentioned that in the recent past, two deputy commissioners faced volley of questions from the media at press conferences who wanted to know if any action was being taken on the issue of alleged indiscriminate mining on Surajkund-Badhkal road when widening work was at its peak. The then deputy commissioner, Faridabad Vijay Singh Dahiya had assured action. Now the current deputy commissioner is banking on the probe assigned to his deputy. This road is being used by thousands of commuters from Faridabad, Gurgaon, South Delhi etc. Earlier, it was expected that the project will be complete when annual Surajkund International Crafts Mela began this year, but that did not happen.