After an anxious wait of several months, residents of Panchkula can heave a sigh of relief as the work of repair and re-carpeting of roads has started for the internal roads of the town, beginning with ward no. 9 consisting of sectors 6, 7 and 18.
The Municipal Corporation has allotted all the six tenders, which were re-invited in March after the samples of construction material being used by the previous contractors had failed the laboratory test. The six tenders were allotted for works worth Rs 17 crore.
“Out of the six tenders, three were awarded to S S Builders, who have started the work on April 14, while we had received single bids for three others. Now those three have also been approved, and are under process. Two of them were allotted to S S Builders and one to M/s Inder Pal and Co,” said MC executive engineer Anil Mehta.
With this, the internal roads of all sectors would be repaired and re-carpeted, asserted Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia. “The contractor has been given a period of two months to complete the work. We hope that residents will no longer have to struggle with pothole-riddled roads,” she said.
The condition of roads had deteriorated in the last one year due to work getting stalled after every few months. Be it the cancellation of tenders due to single bids, failure of contractors to meet the quality test of material used at the laboratories, or the pending vigilance inquiry, the wait of residents for smooth roads had only continued.
“Residents had been waiting for almost a year. The work would have started in January, but the samples of construction material failed twice when sent to Shree Ram Laboratories, Delhi. Tenders were called again, but then we received single entries. Finally, the work has begun, and we will ensure that it is completed on time,” said C B Goel, councillor from ward no. 9.
The work will be carried out ward-wise, beginning with ward no. 9. The next will be ward no. 14. On Thursday, the internal road connecting the state-level departments, including Haryana Police Headquarters, was re-carpeted. The tender for work in ward no. 9 is worth Rs 4.56 crore.