Residents of private colonies met public works department (PWD) minister Rao Narbir Singh on Thursday and submitted a memorandum seeking his intervention in transfer of private colonies to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). Three days ago, residents under the banner of Gurgaon Citizens’ Council (GCC) had also met MCG commissioner V Umashankar in this regard.
According to the GCC, the town and country planning (TCP) and urban local bodies (ULD) departments of the state government have been sitting on files for five years and the time has come for them to act on the matter.
“We have submitted a memorandum to Singh with details of past developments in the TCP department. We are also planning to meet chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and other senior officials of the two departments to get the transfer process expedited. We are hoping Singh’s intervention helps us,” said RS Rathee, president, GCC.
“In February 2016, the TCP department, Chandigarh, had ordered developers to hand over DLF Phases I to III, Sushant Lok I and Palam Vihar to MCG for maintenance of roads and sewage systems, but it has not been done yet. We want the order to be implemented,” said Shiv Shankar Rai of Sushant Lok.
In their memorandum, the residents have highlighted civic apathy in these colonies and requested the PWD minister to help them meet the CM too.
Singh said, “I have assured them of all possible help, but I can say anything concrete on transfer of colonies only after I speak with the officials.”
However, Anand Mohan Sharan, principal secretary of ULD, Haryana, had said that he held a meeting with the TCP department in this regard and things are at an advanced stage.
In August 2015, then financial commissioner of the department, P Raghavendra Rao, had also ordered for the transfer procedure of private colonies to be expedited, following a representation by city councillor.