Perturbed over the number of fatal road accidents on the airport road since it was opened to the general public around three years ago, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) will now hire a private company for the upkeep of IT City Road which is part of the airport road. The private company will also plant trees along the road and provide first aid to victims, officials said. The entire exercise will cost Rs 2.77 crore to the successful company. GMADA had invited companies from across the country.
Officials of GMADA told Chandigarh Newsline that they had already floated a tender inviting private companies for the road upkeep. The work will be allotted for five years and tenders will be opened on November 3. The work will be allotted through e-tendering. “The IT City road is about 8-km stretch, which connects the main airport road to Landran-Banur road. The 200-wide stretch will be manned by the company which will be successful in the e-tendering. The company will first plant saplings then take care of them. If any accident occurs on the road, then the company will also provide first aid to the victims. Our aim is to make the road safe and free of any hurdle for commuters,” an official said.
The company concerned will make arrangements for stationing ambulances on the road, repairing and installing LED lights, repairing the road and also keeping tabs on thieves who steal iron grills on the dividers. The official said that the big IT companies like Infosays were coming to IT City. The Technical University is also coming up near the road and GMADA wants to make the road more decorative, safe and accident-free.
The executive engineer of horticulture wing of GMADA Mandeep Singh confirmed that they had invited applications from private companies and the last date for sending the applications is November 1. The technical bid will be opened on November 2 and the financial bid on November 3.
The IT City road stretch was closed around three months ago as it is undergoing repair. The stretch also attracted the attention last month when an 18-year-old Patiala-based student, Nikhil, was killed in an accident which happened on the stretch on September 16. The officials said that the stretch was not officially opened yet.
The airport road has become notorious for fatal road accidents. In the last three years, as many as 38 people have been killed on the road which connects Kharar-Zirakpur. The road also came under the scanner of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) after a number of road accidents were reported last month. A VB team also collected samples of the road and found that sub-standard material was used for the construction of the road.
VB had already arrested the former chief engineer of GMADA, Surinder Singh alias Pehalwan, for the alleged irregularities in allotting tenders and the construction of the road. A VB official said that at present VB was awaiting technical report of the Centre for Road Research in India (CRRI) to further proceed in the case.