Mauli Jagran: MC officials for paver blocks, councillors favour carpeting
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A proposal to lay paver blocks on the internal roads of Mauli Jagran instead of carpeting these has become a bone of contention between the councillors and the officials of the Municipal Corporation. While the officials are claiming that there are no contractors willing to take up carpeting in the narrow roads of the colony, the councillors are of the view that paver blocks would not last long.
The MC officials prepared the agenda for laying of paver blocks on the internal roads of the colony at Mauli Jagran at a cost of around Rs 62 lakh. When this was sent to Mayor Subhash Chawla for approval prior to inclusion in the agenda of the meeting of the General House, he sent the agenda back to the engineering wing with some queries. These pertained to why carpeting of the area could not be done and when the carpeting took place the last time.
The officials claim that since the width of the roads in the area is 10 feet against the other roads which are 12 feet and more, no contractor is willing to take up carpeting in the area. The problem, in fact, is present in several colonies and villages. Tenders for laying of roads in the area were issued, but no response was received.
Meanwhile, area councillor of the ward Rajinder Kaur, who is from the BJP, is not in favour of laying paver blocks and demands that carpeting of the roads should be done as was being done earlier. She says that paver blocks would not last long and would not prove to be a success in colonies.
BJP councillor Arun Sood, in whose ward paver blocks were laid in a colony in Sector 38, says, "In less than a year after paver blocks were laid, these are in a bad shape, and the residents are facing problems. Paver blocks are laid on sand. With water pipelines flowing under these at some places, the sand becomes loose and cannot hold the paver blocks in place. Since the paver blocks are interlocking, even when one paver block is out of place, it creates a problem. Residents get injured as these become loose."
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