Residents of CHD Avenue condominium in Sector 71 are facing a tough time in commuting from their residence as the only approach road to the condominium has been dug up for over two months for strengthening work.
CHD Avenue 71 condominium is in Fazilpur village and is spread across 16 acres, and consists 861 apartments. As many as 550 apartments have been occupied since 2014, but residents are waiting for the authorities to deliver basic amenities.
Residents said that the cemented approach road, built two years ago, has been dug up without a concrete plan. The road leads from CHD Avenue condominium to Sohna road.
As per the details displayed at CD Chowk on Sohna road, the strengthening work was to commence in October 2016 and scheduled to be completed in April. However, the work on the ground was started only last month and has been abandoned halfway, residents said.
Debris and potholes due to uneven digging are creating numerous problems for residents.
“This is the only approach road to reach home. It was in a good condition but the government agencies decided to reconstruct it without considering its impact on the 600 families (that live in the condominium) and Fazilpur villagers. It is as if we are living on an island; schools have denied to pick and drop our kids; radio taxis also deny our bookings due to the condition of the road. It takes an hour to cover two kilometres on this stretch during the peak hour,” Ravinder Shekhawat, vice-president of the CHD Avenue RWA, said.
“We have paid external development charges (EDC), value-added tax, registration fees and most of us are salaried individuals in MNCs, so we pay hefty income taxes. However, we are not given basic infrastructures such as sector roads and sewerage connections. We were promised urban infrastructure but are being made to live in an area with bad infrastructure for three years,” Shekhawat said.
Sanjay Mathur, a resident of CHD Avenue condominium, said, “The road does not have streetlights, which increases the risk of mishaps in the night. The road was in a good condition despite handling the heavy traffic load of ready mix carriers, dumpers carrying stones and other commercial carriers. Basic repairs would have been sufficient.”
Residents said that the dug-up portion is not properly covered and it is causing air pollution.
The work was delayed due to a delay in sector transfer from Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) to Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).
“We have approached the CMO, MCG but have not received any concrete reply yet. The situation will become worse in a few months, after the onset of monsoon,” Rajan Chibber, a resident, said.
Rohit Yadav, the joint commissioner of MCG, said, “We had not broken the road; we were working on widening the road as there is heavy vehicular movement. We had levelled the road for solving the traffic congestion issue on the stretch. The repair work was delayed due to the sector transfer.”
“We will be repairing the roads across the city in all the sectors. We have already started the work and this road will also be repaired soon,” a Huda official said.
Apartment owners are upset as several tenants are also contemplating to shift elsewhere, as the work may take another 10 months.
“The tenants had moved to the condominium due to low rent but many have moved out due to the inconvenience in reaching the place,” Ravi Ahuja, the general secretary of RWA, said.