MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar: For those who commute to or across the state capital on a regular basis, it is not a new sight for them to find workers laying tar and fixing or constructing new roads at some or the other sector. Some of the main highways see road fixing works at least twice or thrice every year. This constant re-carpeting of roads have now let to them rising to be at the same levels as the sidewalks and pavements. Even the height of the road dividers is reducing, from one foot to now just half a feet.
Gandhinagar, a man-made city that houses some of the top bureaucrats, government servants, and political leaders, frequently sees re-carpeting of roads every time some high profile personality or VIP is to visit around the year. The administration, by allowing such road works to be conducted multiple times across the year, is putting the lives of vehicle riders and pedestrians in danger. A vehicle approaching with great speed could swerve and crash if it rides over the sidewalk or hits the shortening dividers. As a matter of fact, the roads on the Gh-4 circle have risen above the levels of the sidewalks now.
Crores of rupees are spent every year behind fixing the roads in Gandhinagar. The Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation, which is actually supposed to take care of the cleanliness and sanitation of public spaces, earmarks crores of rupees from the taxpayers’ money to build and repair roads. Despite all this, the roads get damaged once the monsoon sets in. But instead of taking action against the contractor for making bad roads, the administration simply builds another one over the damaged road.
Seems like the administration is interested in constructing roads only in select sectors like GH and CH. Because they are yet to build pucca roads in the newly constructed sectors in the state capital. For the past couple of days, the administration has been working day and night in furious speed to ensure all the roads are recarpeted just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.