NEW DELHI: Traffic jams, accidents and snapped water pipelines the people living along Narwana Road in Patparganj have seen it all in the past two
years. The condition of this road has been so bad that rickshaws frequently overturned, traffic moved at a snail’s pace and frequent digging by DJB made it difficult to walk even on the pavement, say the residents.
“This road is not constructed properly. DJB keeps digging it up time and again. I was once going on a rickshaw on this road when it lost balance and overturned. Since then, I just prefer to walk, which is equally difficult as there is dust, pebbles and potholes everywhere,” said Rita Juneja, a resident of Vinod Nagar. Now, work is on for damage control before the elections but PWD says there is cost escalation and issues with the contractor.
B R Yadav of Ekta Gardens said, “Often pipelines are dug out and pipes are kept on the road here and there. It’s a complete mess and needs to be set right as soon as possible.”
The Narwana Road has 12 apartments on one side and nine on the other. Residents say they had to face a severe water problem in February as the underground pipelines had been cut due to digging of the road. “Water is just one problem. Driving on this road is so difficult as everyone wants to drive on the smooth part. As a result, the traffic gets clogged, specially during the evening rush hour,” says Rajesh Gupta, a resident of Block A.
Shubhra Ganguly, who lives in Oxford Apartment, says the “problem gets aggravated at night as the number of vehicles on this road increases significantly with people returning home from work. Walking amidst the traffic in the dark gets too risky.”
A resident of Vinod Nagar, dentist Upma Tomar, says she wanted to complain but didn’t know whom to turn to.