Chandigarh: No one to take care of Sectors 48 to 52

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 29, 2015 11:03 IST

Even as the rest of the city enjoys various amenities, Sector 48 to 52, though very much a part of Chandigarh, are bereft of these.

It was in 2004 that the residents of these sectors were handed over possession of their flats in 125 group housing societies. Yet a decade later they are still waiting for facilities like markets, schools, colleges, post office, health centre, e-sampark centre, ATM, community centre and places of worship.

On April 30, 2012, the MC House in a meeting had approved the resolution to transfer the societies' land to the corporation for maintainenance. The resolution was thereafter forwarded to the administration for final approval, but has since been hanging fire.

As a result, the maintenance of the sectors has also gone to the dogs, despite the fact that the residents have been electing ward number 22 councillors for the past 17 years.

It was in 1998 that the administration had handed over land to 125 group housing societies at the rate of approximately Rs 250 per square yard, besides Rs 500 per square yard as development charges, stating that it was private ownership.

Later, the societies themselves developed the infrastructure, including water supply, sewerage system, roads and parks, but despite their repeated pleas for over a decade, the MC has failed to look after the infrastructure.
A visit to the several societies in these sectors revealed that there were no internal roads in Pancham Enclave, Sector 48, while heaps of garbage, ill-maintained parks and water leakage on roads was commonplace in other societies.

"For over 10 years our society has been completely deprived of basic amenities. We do not even have a government school or proper market. Residents have to go to other areas for public transport," said Vijay Kumar Soi, a resident of Sector 51-A, Chandigarh.

Rakesh Kharb, resident of Pancham Enclave, Sector 48, said, "We paid from our own pocket to make internal roads, which were crying for attention from past several years. We have lost all hope from authorities concerned."

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