The apex body of real estate developers, National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), has urged the transport department of Haryana to provide public transport to about 10,000 families, who have shifted to the newly developed townships in Sectors 58-115.
The council has also voiced its concern for those residing in surrounding urbanised villages. Over a lakh people live in these villages abutting newly developed townships, NAREDCO said.
A special task force (STF) of senior NAREDCO functionaries will soon meet Haryana chief minister Manohra Lal Khattar to seek his intervention in the issue, NAREDCO president Parveen Jain said.
In a letter to additional chief secretary of Haryana government SS Dhillon, Parveen Jain said, “The families living in the newly developed colonies and nearby villages are experiencing great difficulties in commuting to market places, educational institutions, metro stations and their places of work for want of public transport. Sectors 69 and 70 on Southern Periphery Road (SPR) and sectors 81 to 90, 92, 108 and 109 on Dwarka Expressway are the most affected. These sectors and adjoining villages have a population in lakhs. Therefore, there is absolute economical feasibility for public transport.”
Lack of public transport facilities is forcing some of the developers to offer shuttle services at their own expense.
“Besides roads and electricity feeder services, we as a developer, have also arranged for shuttle services for our buyers as the state government has not done its bit. Our buses make around 66 trips a days to various locations in the city,” said Vineet Relia, the managing director of SARE Homes.
Developers like Tulip Infratech and Bestech have already handed over possession of several apartments.
In the letter Parveen Jain also said, “Currently, 8,000 to 10,000 families are residing in these group housing societies. We suggest that the city bus services run by Haryana Roadways, connecting a few sectors, could be extended to villages such as Darbaripur, Hayatpur, Sihi Sikandarpur, Narsinghpur, Daultabad and Dhanwapur. Perhaps the government may have to add a few more buses to the current fleet of city buses or effect minor changes in the existing route plan.”