New Delhi: The great Delhi makeover amid preparations for the Commonwealth Games 2010 carried out with much pomp and show is now being washed away in seasonal rains much before its first anniversary.

The city’s arterial roads; fed by crores of rupees by the government agencies are crumbling under lack of attention and poor maintenance.

Though huge claims were made about the quality of these roads, but be it in Connaught Place or the roads linking games complex or other main roads in the capital, the condition of roads is for all to see.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Public Works Department (PWD) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) were assigned the task of maintenance of roads for a period of three years, but the poor condition of roads is being witnessed by the commuters and drivers everyday.
While PWD looks after 7.6 percent (454 kms) of roads in the capital, MCD is responsible for the maintenance of 88 percent (27,139 kms) roads.

The PWD and MCD receives fund of Rs 50 crores per year for maintenance of roads from Delhi government, Central Road Fund and Ministry of Road Transport. In addition, more funds are provided as budgetary support for new projects.

According to Jagdish Mamgain, Chairman, Construction Committee, MCD, “The roads were made in a hurry for the CWG Games. Also, all the roads were made within July to September which witnessed heavy rains which made it difficult to maintain the quality despite huge money spent on construction.”

Focusing on the core of the problem, he adds, “The main reason for poor roads is water-logging. Either it is a result of rains or leakage from underground water or sewage pipelines. A single agency must not be held responsible for the problem.”

However, senior scientist and Director of Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) S Gangopadhyay said, “The roads and flyovers built by the government during CWG games were not less than a joke. The roads built by the concerned agencies are either made by coal tar or concrete cement for which the mixture is prepared in a hotmix plant following the international standards, but here the temperature is not taken into consideration.”

(JPN/Bureau)