Residents of the gated communities of South City 2, Uppal South End, Malibu Towne, Nirvana Country, the Palladians, M2K Aura, Vipul Greens and Army welfare housing organisation (AWHO) in Sispal Vihar on Sunday protested against sanctioning of a CNG pump station site in Sector 49 just off Sohna road.
Residents said the CNG station was sanctioned on a nine-metre-wide sector road connecting Sohna road. A large number of residential societies, hospitals, schools and shopping complexes are located on this stretch and residents are dependent on the road for their daily commute. This road will be further choked once the CNG station comes up, residents claimed.
“Anyone can imagine the long queue of heavy vehicles awaiting refuelling (once the CNG station comes up) parked on the same road that residents take to reach their offices and homes,” said KK Singh, general secretary, South City 2 RWA.
Two petrol pumps are already functional close to the residential complexes just off Sohna Road and residents believe an additional CNG station would lead to traffic congestion.
“I am surprised that Huda has allotted most of green belt situated on both sides of road for commercial establishments like wine shops etc. When two Indian Oil petrol pumps are already operational within 100 metres on both sides of the road, how did the local administration get the site sanctioned for a CNG station without taking into account continuous public protests against it?” said Major General (retd) SK Yadav, RWA president of Sispal Vihar (AWHO).
“Despite approaching the authority on a number of occasions, no positive response is forthcoming and the common citizen is being subjected to undue harassment and inconvenience by an insensitive administration. Earlier the authorities said they have not given NOC, but now they have obtained that too,” said Pratibha Sharma of South City 2.
The protestors on Sunday also met Rao Narbir Singh, state PWD minister, who assured them of looking into the matter.
“We are not against CNG stations, in fact, we need them, but we are definitely against the location of the sanctioned site of this CNG station. We demand from the local authorities that it be shifted to a wider road in the vicinity,” said Alka Dalal, former RWA president of Malibu Towne.
However, MS Khatkar, director, Haryana City Gas, said, “The residents assume traffic congestion will be same as seen in sectors 29 and 44, but the situation is not same. Those locations are near business establishments, but here the volume of vehicles will not be much.”