Re­vamp­ing of MG road fails to take off

Millennium Post - - Mp City - PIYUSH OHRIE

GU­RU­GRAM: Known for its glitzy malls, plush of­fices and spa­cious res­i­den­tial con­do­minium so­ci­eties, the Mehrauli-gu­ru­gram road (MG road) has con­trib­uted a deal in mak­ing Gu­ru­gram the mil­len­nium city. De­spite its sig­nif­i­cance, MG road also known as mall mile con­tin­ues to reel un­der the bur­den of crum­bling in­fra­struc­ture.

A visit to MG road in to­day's times will lead to com­muter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pot­holes on var­i­ous roads, dys­func­tional street­lights, il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles, poor waste man­age­ment sys­tems, wan­ing green cover and poorly main­tained foot­paths. It was how­ever not meant to be that way.

Ma­jor changes were ex­pected at one of the pop­u­lar roads of the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion. Some of the changes that are ex­pected to be brought in mak­ing the route sig­nal free, in­stalling LED street­lights, set­ting up kiosks, im­prov­ing the qual­ity of walk­ways, a free Wi-fi at the three-kilo­me­tre stretch and also im­prov­ing the green cover.

For this ini­tia­tive, the dis­cus­sion was also held with var­i­ous multi­na­tional com­pa­nies to aid the pub­lic agen­cies to re­vamp the MG road. De­spite the as­sur­ances by the pub­lic of­fi­cials that the work to im­prove the in­fra­struc­ture is be­ing car­ried out, on the ground the work the grand plan has failed to kick-off.

One of the ma­jor works that are vis­i­ble by the pub­lic agen­cies is to im­prove the sewage sys­tem of the road for which mas­sive hole has been dug out around the DLF Phase-2 area.

In what can prove to be a ma­jor re­prieve for the com­muters how­ever the work for the build­ing of the un­der­pass has be­gun at the IF­FCO Chowk and is ex­pected to be com­plete by the end of March.

There have been mi­nor over­haul­ing pro­cesses that have been car­ried out at regu

lar in­ter­vals at MG Road but af­ter a long time, ma­jor de­vel­op­men­tal works will be car­ried out when the project is un­der­taken.

Mean­while, af­ter more than four and a half year of Pub

lic-pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) be­tween a renowned de­vel­oper and Haryana Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (HUDA) Golf Course Road that ad­joins MG Road has been made sig­nal free.

There is a re­quire­ment of a planned de­vel­op­ment at MG Road. At one point of time, Gu­ru­gram was be­ing com­pared with Sin­ga­pore and the de­vel­op­ments at MG Road was seen to be a model of de­vel­op­ment. Over the years the dream has faded away.

Of late, the in­fra­struc­ture at Golf Course Road has been made world class but it has taken a lot of time and still, it is not fully per­fect,” said Chetan Chugh, a city res­i­dent.

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