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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014
Service lanes are for the service of vendors
Sujata Soni Bali, Hindustan Times
Gurgaon, March 11, 2013
First Published: 01:10 IST(11/3/2013)
Last Updated: 01:14 IST(11/3/2013)

Until two years ago, I was proud to be a part of the fast growing Millennium City, with wide roads, beautiful service lanes, greenery that are now disappearing from the city Gurgaon.

In the last two years, many people have changed the perfect layout of the city.

Beggars, hawkers, vendors and auto-rickshaw drivers have all made the service lanes their permanent place for business.

They have encroached upon the stretch from Essel Tower to Sikanderpur Metro station.

They have become a nuisance and are a security threat for residents of the nearby areas.

Auto-rickshaw drivers line up their vehicles on the service lanes, leading to long traffic jams.

The traffic police too seem to be helpless when it comes to dealing with the menace.

Even trees in service lanes are being axed to make more space for them.

I fail to understand why the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) is looking on as a mute spectator.

No one is there to take action against these violators.

If the Huda and the police machinery does not take action immediately, our beautiful city will soon turn into Paharganj of Delhi, an extremely crowded area dotted by encroachers.

I appreciate the effort of the Haryana government for taking many initiatives to make the city a comfortable place to live in especially the Metro service, but the nuisance of beggars and hawkers also needs to be addressed at the earliest.

It is necessary  for the safety and security of residents, especially women and children, who still think that NCR cities are unsafe. The administration should act strictly and find a permanent solution to this menace and set an example for other places.

(The writer is a theatre director and a resident of Heritage City, MG Road)


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