Gurgaon chief governance coordinator gets more teeth

  • Sanjeev K Ahuja, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Aug 17, 2016 01:19 IST
The chief governance coordinator will also head the emergency response unit envisioned after Gurgaon was flooded and gridlocked after heavy rainfall in July. (Parveen Kumar/HT File Photo)

The newly appointed chief governance coordinator of Gurgaon (CGCG) Shriniwas Vashisht will be vested with the powers of summoning records from all departments and calling meetings of their officials. He will also head the emergency response unit (ERU) for collaborative action in emergency situations.

From now on, no senior bureaucrat from Chandigarh is likely to specially visit Gurgaon for addressing buyers grievances during Allottees Grievance Redressal Forum (AGRF) as CGCG will be heading these meeting. An additional chief secretary level officer from Chandigarh usually heads the AGRF meetings. The CGCG will also send quarterly reports to the state chief secretary on buyers grievances.

Highly placed sources said the Haryana government issued a charter underlining the responsibilities and jurisdiction of CGCG on Tuesday evening.

The charter says the appointment of the CGCG was aimed at seamless delivery of citizen services and government infrastructure projects, and to highlight difficulties that various departments face.

The state government provisioned the formation of an ERU only after Gurgaon was flooded and gridlocked after heavy rainfall last month. Even the appointment of the CGCG is likely to be an after effect of the rain mess which exposed the lack of coordination among Gurgaon’s government agencies.

On July 28, thousands of commuters were stranded in jams that lasted over 12 hours after Gurgaon was submerged following heavy rainfall. Gurgaon’s infrastructure deficiencies were left wide exposed and government agencies were blamed for the lack of preparedness.

The ERU will coordinate efforts of the local administration with the head quarters of various departments based in Chandigarh.

Though the exact role of ERU is yet to be spelled out by the CGCG office, it will largely address any eventuality.

The CGCG will operate from HIPA complex in Sector 18.

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