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Why do Gurgaon roads cave-in after a shower spell?
Road caving has become a menace for people residing in Gurgaon. It becomes a serious issue especially after a down pour, even a short spell of rain is enough to make the situation worse for people in the city. A similar incident took place in a ground near Cyber City condo, where the entrance of the condominium caved in, on Friday morning. The RWA of Belvedere Park in DLF-III expressed concerns about the quality of work while constructing roads.

The basic problem was realised only after talking to people in the millennium city. Vijay Kumar, a civil engineer working with a MNC in Gurgaon said that the quality of the road is not the issue, but the major issue is the poor drainage system in Gurgaon.

He also explained the technicality of constructing a road. ''While constructing a road, minimum and maximum gradient rules should be followed. Apart from this a road camber also should be followed, road should never be flat, a crown should be provided in the middle of the road, and both the sides should be slanting, so when there is a rainfall, the water can easily flow down the drainage on either sides of the road. But, Gurgaon roads are not constructed accordingly,” he said.

He also explained the reason for road cavings, “The roads are covered with a 'bidumen' coat, which peels of due to the water logging, and the bonding of the road weakens, resulting into pot holes and road cavings.”

This clearly reflects that it is the poor planning of the drainage system, which leads to road caving. While reaching out to an official from Department of Town Planning, he confirmed that they only take care about the planning and preparation of the developmental colonies in controlled area act and monitor the license of the builders in large scale constructions in urban area act. ''We are nowhere associated with the drainage systems in the town, and it is the responsibility of HUDA and MCG,'' added the official.

When asked MCG councillor Mangat Ram Bagri, about the poor drainage system and the condition of roads in Gurgaon, he said, “There is no planning in Gurgaon. A map of Gurgaon should be outlined, and the developmental activities should be planned. The road projects have been pending since 15 months, and it is still stagnant because of several issues.”

He added, “The fund flow is not an issue with the Haryana government, but the only issue is that government has no motive for the city's development.”

The sorry state of Gurgaon citizens

One would think that the police and fire department would come to the rescue of Gurgaon citizens, but this does not seem to be the case, as was found after talking to people from both the departments. Ranvir, who is the driver of Fire station in Gurgaon said, ''First, one has to dial 100 and inform as to what has happened, after which the police are going to inform us about it. But, it is the police who will handle the public at the location, where the incident has taken place.''

When informed about the same to Subhash Boken, PRO, Gurgaon Police, he drew a different picture and said, ''The police is not responsible for such kind of situation. Our responsibility is to look after the law and order. But, if people dial our number, we will provide them with contact details of companies who own cranes.''

Mangat Ram Bagri, MCG councillor feels that the situation is not good for the citizens of Gurgaon, as he said, ''The citizens are helpless in such situations. The police will also not help them. Such situation should be taken care by the MCG, but there is no such provision right now.''

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