In July 2017 the first major tender under the Smart city project was floated and that was Mandoli Road(First gate towards Mandoli part of MG Road included) and KPTCL road at Nehru Nagar will be developed as Smart roads under the Smart City project at a cost of Rs. 20,38,78,736.38 in about 12 months’ time from the date of the work order.
Work on the same commenced after the rains somewhere around August-September 2017 and the residents were dreaming of a new posh road with footpath, Cycle track on both sides along with dedicated space for UGD/OFC/ Power lines and utilities and the carriageway in the center.
But to their dismay, now after 30 months the Mandoli Road is not yet complete and riding on that road is the road to hell. In-fact already the road has claimed one life of Daulat Davale who slipped and fell on the open iron bars out for the gutter in November 2019.
Later on, December 1, 2019, MLA Abhay Patil convened a meeting of the officials, contractors and assured the residents that the road would be completed in 3 months’ time. He had said major causes for delay of Mandoli road were discussed with more than 150 residents residing nearby Mandoli road, residents too shared their thoughts. Smart City MD, their staff and Contractor were present. The residents urged to complete the road within 3months and the contractor has agreed to the demand of people and the works will be undertaken accordingly, a review meeting will be done every 15 days to monitor the process and road construction is expected to finish in 3 months.
The contract was awarded to NARENDRA CHUNILAL PANANI ( PRIME CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURES PVT. LTD. )Company Name: PRIME CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURES PVT. LTD. For Rs. 233173528.6.
Still what is the main issue with the delay is not yet clear. Work is progressing but slower than a snail, residents say.
Dust is now an integral part of their lives and many have been affected with the same and are facing health issues.
Still, it is very unclear as to how much more time is required for the road to be completed.
So, Will Mandoli road make it to Book of records for the longest time taken?