The residents of sectors 21 and 22 have sought the intervention of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar in forcing the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) to begin repairs on internal roads that are in a pathetic state. They claimed repeated requests to the authorities failed to elicit desired response.
Residents said they met all top MCG officials and even the local MLA to apprise them of the sorry state of roads, but nothing changed on the ground. With the number of complaints from residents on the rise, the residents’ welfare associations were under pressure to take up the issue with the top authorities.
“It is unfortunate that the MCG, despite repeated requests, failed to repair our internal roads. Every road inside our sectors and those connecting them with roads in Old Delhi and Palam Vihar are in a bad state. In July 2016, the MCG assured us that the repair work would begin before winter. But winter’s on its way out and they are yet to act. Why should we pay property tax if our needs, especially roads and water, aren’t catered to? We have now written to the chief minister urging his intervention in the matter,” Umed Singh, president, RWA, Sector 21, said.
Sectors 21 and 22 are located close to the Old Delhi Road.
The mantle of control of these sectors passed to the MCG two years ago in a bid to ensure provision of basic civic services and amenities to residents.
Singh said, “Even in their previous budget, the MCG had failed to allocate funds for repairs on these roads, and we are unsure if they will address our plight in the new budget. Such apathy from the MCG is, indeed, sad.”
MCG took over (Haryana Urban Development Authority) Huda sectors in March 2016, but the state of the roads has continued to remain the same. In fact, they have only become worse and riddled with potholes.
“Two years ago, the Huda engineers told us that since our sectors had been transferred to the MCG, they are not supposed to take up road repairs. The roads have only gone from bad to worse in the days since and the MCG is yet to act,” Bhim Singh Yadav, president, RWA, Sector 22 B, said.
MR Sharma, superintending engineer, MCG, said, “We have started repair work and will mend all roads.”