Monsoon is right at our doorstep but the authorities are yet to complete work on rainwater harvesting pits and clean stormwater drains, which are completely clogged.
Their slack approach towards work that needs immediate attention may add to the monsoon woes of residents.
Experts feel the two steps can help check water table depletion and reduce waterlogging which is a common phenomenon in low-lying areas such as Hero Honda Chowk, sectors 10, 9, Palam Vihar and Golf Course Extension Road etc.
The authorities had planned to construct over 500 rainwater harvesting pits by the monsoon of this year.
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), which has spent R1.5 crore till date, was supposed to construct 210 pits while the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has to construct 269 pits.
The MCG has spent a whopping R2 crore.
The Huda has completed only 55 pits in the past one-and-a-half-years and the MCG has created only 89 pits. Work on the remaining sites is yet to begin.
“I have sought information from executive engineers in this regard,” said Praveen Kumar, Huda administrator, adding that he will take action against erring officials and contractors.
Even after squandering for getting designs prepared for rainwater harvesting pits from the Civil Engineering Department of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, in 2008, the MCG has been working at a snail’s pace.
“Only 89 pits till date have been created by the MCG,” said Professor Gauhar Mahmud of Jamia University, adding that the water table in Gurgaon (in central blocks like Sikandarpur, Nathupur, Sarhaul etc) is going down by seven-foot a year.
Residents, too, fear that the city is not prepared for the rains as the situation on ground presents a grim picture.
Traffic jams due to waterlogging are a perennial problem in the city every monsoon.
“I have never seen Huda staff cleaning stormwater drains. Our sector is the worst-hit due to waterlogging during the rainy season,” said Ramesh Yadav, a resident of Sector 10-A.