Road Rot

Potholed streets bane of Faridabad sectors

Potholed streets bane of Faridabad sectors

A stretch in a bad shape at one of the industrial sectors in Faridabad. Tribune photo

Bijendra Ahlawat

Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 21

Broken and potholed roads in local industrial sectors and areas housing 25,000 manufacturing units have hit the industry hard. Some have suffered losses because goods get damaged due during transportation.

Rajiv Chawla, president, Integrated Association of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises of India (IAMSME), claimed roads in industrial sectors 4, 6, 24, 25, 27, 33, 58, 59, 68 and 69, and DLF and NIT industrial areas have been lying damaged for 10 years.

10 yrs and counting

  • Roads in industrial sectors 4, 6, 24, 25, 27, 33, 58, 59, 68 and 69, and DLF and NIT industrial areas have been lying damaged for 10 years.

“The matter has been taken up with the authorities several times, but they seem not bothered. Nothing has been done to address the problem,” he said.

Ramneek Prabhakar, general secretary, Manufacturers’ Association, Faridabad (MAF), said: “The transportation of finished goods and raw material has become difficult. Sometimes, the goods get damaged, resulting in losses. Besides, trucks plying on potholed roads require regular repair.”

“The Rs 1,600 crore industry in Faridabad is a victim of poor infrastructure. All reminders for repairing the roads have gone unheard,” he added. In 2017, a Rs 180 crore project was announced for rejuvenating the industrial area. But it could not be launched because of legal tangle over its costing.

Rajeev Sharma, Executive Engineer, Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), said: “The HSVP had submitted a proposal of Rs 130 crore for augmenting the infrastructure in the industrial sector. However, it could not be implemented because of court stay since January 2019.”

Chawla, IAMSME chief, hoped Deputy Commissioner Yashpal Yadav, who took charge as the MC Commissioner recently, would redress the problem soon.

When contacted, the Commissioner claimed roads would be repaired soon.

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