Gurgaon: Ill-equipped MCG prepares to take over private colonies
The MCG is already struggling to take care of areas under it while grappling with less manpower and outdated machinerygurgaon Updated: Apr 20, 2017 21:57 IST
Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) is in a fix. After repeatedly refusing to take over maintenance of DLF phases 1, 2 and 3, Sushant Lok Phase 1 and Palam Vihar in the past, Wednesday’s directions from chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar that the civic body take over the colonies from next month has left MCG with no choice.
The municipal corporation is already struggling to take care of areas under it while grappling with less manpower and outdated machinery. Taking over the new sectors will only increase the load on the MCG as it will also have to improve the substandard amenities in these colonies.
In March last year, the MCG had refused to take over the maintenance of five colonies stating that the developers (Ansal and DLF) had to improve basic amenities such as roads, drains, parks, garbage disposal, water pipelines and community centres in the colonies and submit a compliance report.
The MCG officials claim that DLF complied with the directions and submitted a report after improving its facilities but Ansal did not do so.
Ansal officials refused comment on the matter.
To give perspective of the “extra load”, last year, the MCG had directed Ansal to improve its amenities with special emphasis on Sushant Lok Phase 1.
But even today, less than 100m from the DLF Galleria market, a broken and potholed road in block B of Sushant Lok Phase 1 is causing pollution, hampering vehicle flow and getting waterlogged during monsoon. Such was the sorry state of the drains and roads in block C of Sushant Lok that residents pooled their money and built a 500m road and new drains. The situation is similar in Palam Vihar.
In the areas under DLF, residents claim that water scarcity remains a major issue owing to faulty pipelines.
On the surface, the MCG officials appear to be confident of handling the extra load and meeting these challenges. They have reiterated this to the state government.
Off the record, however, they are desperately looking for additional manpower and making provisions for the same in the upcoming financial budget.
“Currently, the MCG is meeting its load with difficulty and has started assessing the deficiencies in these colonies and allocating resources accordingly. A proposal will be put forward prior to the finalisation of the budget, which will include costs for hiring more staff to meet with the extra load of providing maintenance to more than 2 lakh people residing in these colonies,” a senior MCG official said.
The MCG currently has over 2,000 officials and is looking to increase the staff by 50%.
The ‘overburdened’ body is spearheading a Rs 102 crore road repair project upon the CM’s order and has to make over 250km of road in the city motorable by June. The civic body is also carrying out extensive measures to tackle waterlogging to ensure that last year’s crisis, when waterlogging had led to a gridlock that lasted two days, is not repeated.