Broken roads that give commuters nightmares may have more to do with the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) than the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), at least that is what the latter says.
On Wednesday, both elected and administrative members of the MCD at the Standing Committee meeting said that the bad conditions of Delhi roads is because the DJB does not pay the civic agency money to repair the roads dug by them for laying of pipes.
Following complaints of freshly constructed roads being dug up by the DJB and the BSES, Standing Committee Chairman Yogender Chandolia asked Municipal Commissioner K S Mehra to lodge an FIR against errant agencies. “Besides registering FIRs, the issue needs to be taken up at an appropriate level. DJB CEO Ramesh Negi should also be apprised about the issue,” said Chandolia.
“For every road dug, they pay Rs 5 to 10 crore, while the actual amount required to repair roads is about Rs 70 to 80 crore,” said Mehra. He said the MCD is in talks with the Chief Secretary of Delhi to fix a standard rate at which road cutting will be permitted.