Gurgaon: After Palam Vihar, Sector 21 residents mulling for protest over bad roads
Residents said though the MCG promised to run road repairs at the earliest, their words did not translate into actiongurgaon Updated: Oct 21, 2017 23:01 IST
Finding no way to force officials of Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) to get their sector roads repaired over the last 6-7 months, residents of Sector 21 are now mulling a big protest, taking inspiration from residents of Palam Vihar who held a protest on Friday over the pathetic condition of the road leading from Palam Vihar to Sector 4/5.
Umed Singh, president of residents’ welfare association (RWA), Sector 21, said, “It is, indeed, strange that the MCG contractor did not repair roads in four of the five pockets of our sector at all. Now, we simply have no word on whether the road repairs would start anytime soon. We spoke to senior MCG officials, including chief engineer (CE) MR Sharma, and they assured us that road repairs will be begin at the earliest. But their words never translated into action. The onus of fixing damaged sector roads lies with the MCG. We left no stone unturned to draw the MCG’s attention to our plight and even met our local MLA and councillor on several occasions, seeking their intervention in the matter. But since our pleas went unheard, we have little choice but to take the street and make ourselves heard.”
Residents of Sector 21 also voiced worries over the inordinate delay in repairing internal roads which have developed several big potholes and pose inconveniences in commuting.
SN Yadav, a resident, said, “The potholes have only grown big in recent months and the MCG contractor turned a deaf ear to our appeals. The officials are least bothered about our problem and we are, indeed, astounded by their uncaring attitude. We pay our property taxes on time and expect the roads to be motorable.”
Virender Yadav, the newly elected councillor from the Sector 21 area and a member of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), said, “I raised this issue at the last district grievance redressal meeting held on October 14 in Gurgaon. It was presided over by Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar. The CM directed officials to fix damaged roads. Now that Diwali is over, I am hopeful that the MCG will deliver on its promises.”
MR Sharma, chief engineer (CE), MCG, said, “The MCG is seized of the matter and will do the needful at the earliest.”