City residents have expressed happiness over the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram’s decision to revise the rate for maintenance of parks at residential colonies from April 1.
As per the revised rate, the residents’ welfare associations (RWAs), which are responsible for maintaining parks in their respective colonies, will be allotted ₹3 per square metre every month. The same marks an increase from ₹1.35 per square metre previously. The rate hadn’t been changed for several years, prompting the RWAs to demand a revision saying the existing rate was too less to ensure proper upkeep of the parks.
The RWAs were of the view that the minimum rate for the maintenance of parks should be revised to ₹5 per square metre per month.
“We were finding it difficult to ensure proper maintenance of parks at the existing rate of ₹1.35 per square metre per month and had even requested the MCG to take the onus of maintenance and be the custodian again. There are 13 parks, both big and small, in Sector 21 and we were allotted ₹18,000. The amount fell far short of what we needed to ensure the proper maintenance of these parks. We have to ensure security, engage gardeners, provide water and meet the electricity bills. The amount allotted to us was hardly enough to cover all these expenses. However, we are glad that the MCG has now the revised the minimum rate for maintenance to ₹3 per square metre per month. But it still fell short of our expectations,” Umed Singh, president, RWA, Sector 21, said.
The area that falls within the ambit of the MCG is home to around 500 parks.
Raja Ram, president, RWA, Sector 15 (II), said, “We welcome the move to hike the maintenance rate and want the MCG to also consider handing over the green belt along National Highway 8 to us. There is a bundh in the area, which is in very bad state. We have appealed to the MCG twice in recent months to let us take control of the green belt. However, there’s been little progress on that front.”
The MCG confirmed that there had long been a demand for a rate revision.
“We hope the revised rate of ₹3 per square metre would ensure proper maintenance of parks. There are 500 parks, of which 425 are maintained by the respective RWAs,” Ajay Nirala, executive engineer, horticulture, MCG, said.