Residents of the newly-developed Sector 61 in New Gurgaon had shifted to the locality with high hopes but they are still waiting for the administration to deliver basic infrastructure, including water, electricity and a functional sewerage system.
Since there is no electricity connection in the condominium, the power is supplied through diesel generators that are too expensive.
In this sector, the Pioneer Park condominium complex built over 16 acres of land is a mix of 2BHK-3BHK and 4BHK apartments. There are 883 apartments out of which only 85 apartments were occupied in the past six months. More people have now started moving in.
The majority of the area in Sector 61 is reeling under darkness because of defunct streetlights. Residents allege that no maintenance work has been undertaken by the administration in the past one year.
“The streetlights are mere showpieces, much to the chagrin of taxpaying citizens. The maintenance of streetlights has turned from bad to worse. Residents are suffering because of the negligence of the civic agencies,” said Aakash Bhaskar, a resident.
The condominium is half a kilometre away from the Golf Course Extension Road and approximately 2 km away from the Rapid Metro station. Residents have to commute to Delhi and Gurgaon for work. However, with public local transport not available, reaching the work place is a challenge in itself.
The rising property rate in the city has accelerated the process of expansion. Around 58 new sectors have been developed along the Golf Course Extension Road, the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) and the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR). Sector 61 is one such locality.
Many shifted to the area considering its proximity to New Gurgaon, which is very well connected with the neighboring areas and has good hospitals, shopping centres and schools.
Lack of public transport is one of the major issues. Residents are dependent on their own vehicles for commuting.
“We visit the Hongkong mall for our daily needs since that’s the closest and one can easily walk down to the mall else we have no nearby shops for buying groceries. There is no bus or auto-rickshaw stand close to our locality,” said Manvendra Singh, a resident.
Despite there being five Delhi Metro stations and the Rapid Metro network in Gurgaon, a large part of the city is not connected. Expansion of the Rapid Metro network till the Golf Course Extension Road is expected to bring some relief to the residents of the area.
“We are paying `3 per sq feet for the apartment and`18.80 per unit, including fixed charges for using power backup, which is very high compared to other condominiums,” said Arindam Dev, another resident.
A senior official of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) said that the authority is taking the stock of the infrastructure in new Gurgaon and their focus is to deliver roads and water pipelines at the earliest.
Anu Khanna, head-facilities, Pioneer Park said, “We are charging as per the actual cost, there is no supply from the DHBVN and the electricity is run on diesel generators. We are charging as per the maintenance contract where the residents have signed before taking the possession of the apartment. For streetlights, we have written to Huda and DHBVN and have requested them to take prompt action.”