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Gurgaon civic power in people’s hands

delhi Updated: Jul 13, 2009 00:03 IST
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If you’re a Gurgaon citizen, you now have the power to inspect the quality and cost of construction material used to build public amenities in your neighbourhood.

Gurgaon is one of the most prominent outsourcing and offshoring hubs in the world that contributes almost 50 per cent of Haryana's income tax revenues along with Faridabad.

Plagued by the problem of crumbling civic infrastructure, the development is expected to boost accountability and ensure that public servants don’t err in their duties.

You can join the Citizens Supervisory Committees (CSCs) of your respective area and monitor public projects whenever they are undertaken.

This is what the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) started doing from Sunday when it handed over the work orders of five such projects in the presence of CSC members.

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Two contractors were denied work orders because they were absent in the meeting called by Municipal Commissioner RK Khullar.

“We will not release work orders to contractors who do not meet the CSC members in whose locality,” Khullar said.

“We have decided to empower the community and have their say in the civic projects such as roads, parks and other community projects coming up in their respective areas.”

Khullar also said the residents of the locality where the projects would start would be invited to be the part of the tender-award process.

The CSC that would have a minimum of five members will represent about three residents of the locality besides other social figures like the councillors.

In case more than three residents of the locality opt to be CSC members, a decision would be taken based on a draw out of lots. But the ones with civil engineering background or related expertise would be given preference.