Cement road project turns nightmare for residents
Fourteen months ago when the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had decided to convert the road between LAD square and NMC Mahatma Gandhi School from tar into cemented one and given contract to a Mumbai-based private contractor, Disha Dynamic Buildwell Private Ltd, the residents of the localities were elated over the decision. But their excitement soon became a nightmare as the company has failed to complete the works on even one side of the 550 metre stretch even though the deadline to finish it was four months.
The NMC, instead of terminating their work order and blacklisting the contractor, extended the contract up to December this year. With the civic body paying deaf ears to problems of the residents and continuing to protect the contractor, Youth Congress headed by corporator Bunty Shelke has taken up the challenge to pursue the works with the NMC and get it completed followed by stringent action against the contractor.
Youth Congress activists, along with residents of Shivaji Nagar and Gandhi Nagar have also decided to stage demonstration on the stretch on Sunday.
As per the NMC’s data, the work on the stretch is a part of package no-III under Rs324 crore — cement concrete road project phase-II. The stretch is the smallest among the three roads to be covered under package-III. The remaining two stretches are Ram Nagar square to Ambazari Ghat and South Ambazari road to Ring Road through IT Park. The estimated cost of the package is Rs13.14 crore.
The NMC had issued work order to the contractor in May 2016. The works on all three stretches were supposed to complete within 11 months. It took 14 months to complete the concretization on one side of the stretch. Works of storm water drain, inter-locking tiles, road-divider, footpath of one side is yet to complete. There is no sign of works on the other side of the stretch yet.