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Residents at the receiving end

HT COrrespondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, January 04, 2013
First Published: 01:23 IST(4/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:25 IST(4/1/2013)

Announced with much fanfare, most infrastructure projects in the city have only disappointed residents with repeated delays.

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Tens of thousands of buyers and builders have invested in hundreds of projects along the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) and Southern Peripheral Road (SPR), but their dreams are yet to be realised.

Due to the incomplete Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, a large number of commercial vehicles plying between Rajasthan and Mumbai have not been able to switch to the upcoming link road.

The move was supposed to ease vehicular pressure on Delhi-Gurgaon roads and help the local traffic department manage traffic better.

In 2012, acute water and power crisis led to massive protests across the city as residents paid through their nose for expensive power back-up and bottled drinking water. People took to the streets, ransacked offices and burned effigies to push the administration for a solution.

Though the city requires 82 mgd of water, the administration has been able to supply about 50 mgd only.

The much-awaited Chandu Budhera water treatment plant is not fully functional yet, delaying operation of the NCR channel which is to supply raw water to the new plant.

"The reason for slow infrastructure growth here is the Haryana government's malafide intention. It spends Gurgaon-generated revenue on development in other parts of the city," said RS Rathee, president, Gurgaon Citizens' Council.

The only praiseworthy work done by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) was repair work on several sector roads.

Officials swung into action after a visit by the Haryana Chief Secretary PK Chaudhary in October.

"The government is focused on infrastructure-related work. I have issued instructions to streamline all developmental work," he said.


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