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Techies find new project: Beg to fix leaking sewerage

These days, if you take the Rajiv Nagar road, you are likely to see four handsomely dressed boys “begging” for Rs 10 from passers-by. The four boys are software engineers working for a multinational information technology company.

delhi Updated: May 24, 2010 23:59 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

These days, if you take the Rajiv Nagar road, you are likely to see four handsomely dressed boys “begging” for Rs 10 from passers-by.

The four boys are software engineers working for a multinational information technology company.

They need this money to get an overflowing sewerage manhole repaired in Sanjay Gram, where they live. The four boys have been living in this locality since July 2008 in a rented accommodation.

“This manhole has been overflowing for the past 10 days and nearly 500-meters of the Rajiv Nagar road leading to our locality, Sanjay Gram, has become non-motorable. When we asked the RWA, they couldn’t help us for want of money,” said Sailesh Jha (27), a software engineer with Aricent Technologies.

“We do not expect a favourable nod from the civic authorities. Therefore, we decided to beg for the money and get the line repaired from the collection,” said Jha.

Sailesh is accompanied by Rajesh Pandey (26), Dalip Singh (25) and Sunil Yaduvanshi (26), all MCAs. They all work in the same company.

Pandey said that they began the drive to collect money on Monday with a placard saying “Doston. Is nali ko theek karne ke liye das rupey devein (Friends. please donate Rs 10 to repair this line) in one hand and a plastic jar in another.

“We will continue this drive daily after office hours till we don’t collect Rs 5,000-10,000. We’ll also add something from our own salaries,” Pandey said.

Sanjay Tyagi, the Sanjay Gram RWA president said that the Rs 10.5 lakh received from the local MP Rao Inderjit Singh in the form of MPLAD fund to lay the sewerage line had been exhausted.

However, he said that just half the work had been done. “The authorities do not listen to us,” he claimed.

However, the chief engineer Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon B.S. Singroha said creating the civic infrastructure and maintaining it was never their responsibility as Rajiv Nagar was an unapproved colony despite the fact that it fell in the corporation’s jurisdiction.

“At times we get sewerage lines repaired in Rajiv Nagar on humanitarian grounds, though it is not our responsibility. Rajiv Nagar is anyway an unapproved colony,” he added.