Following detection of large-scale irregularities in filling up of roads dug up for laying sewer lines, the administration here has ordered that the cost of repairing them be recovered from the contractors responsible for the same.
The administration has also directed the departments concerned to fix responsibility in connection with the roads that have caved in completely during the rainy season. Laying of sewer lines and installation of sewer treatment plants, besides strengthening and improvement of roads across the city are part of preparations for Mahakumbh to be held in the city in January-February 2013.
On July 25, Divisional Commissioner (Allahabad) Devesh Chaturvedi had constituted a 20-member team of officials to carry out inspection of over 200 main and arterial roads in the city and submit a report. No official of the Public Works Department and Ganga Pollution Control Unit, which were the two main agencies executing the works, was part of the inspection team.
“The inquiry has revealed that at many places, the filling up of dug-up roads with mud and other material was so poor that they caved in completely during the rainy season. At many other places, the mud excavated had not been removed as a result of which the road was getting damaged and movement of traffic was badly affected,” said Chaturvedi.
The commissioner added that he had passed directions to fix responsibility in connection with roads where caving in was excessive. Also, the district administration has been directed to ensure that the roads are properly repaired and made motorable again. “The cost of the same will be recovered from the contractors who were under obligation to return motorable roads after digging them up for the purposes of laying sewer line. The district magistrate and municipal commissioner have been asked to monitor the situation and ensure compliance within a week. If this is not done, penal action will be taken against them,” he said.
The main roads and areas of the city like Mahatma Gandhi Marg (Civil Lines), Ashok Nagar, Stanley Road, Lohia Marg and Muir Road, besides other main and arterial roads in Alopi Bagh, Sulem Sarai, Allahpur, Mumfordganj and several others were under scrutiny.