Residents of Sector 59 want the government to deliver infrastructure and other services, including public transport, that are crucial for people who have moved to an unfamiliar locality recently. Residents said that despite promises, authorities have done little to ensure uninterrupted water and power supply.
However, they feel better off compared to other newly developed Gurgaon sectors that lack several everyday amenities. Residents say their condominium has most facilities required to live in an isolated locality.
Rising property rate accelerated the expansion of the city along the Golf Course Extension road. Around 58 new sectors have been developed along the Golf Course Extension road, Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) that will connect Badshahpur Chowk to NH-8 near Kherki Doulaand and Northern Peripheral Road (NPR).
Knowing that the area will be close to both Delhi and Gurgaon, people flocked to these new sectors, one among which is Sector 59.
Tata Raisina Residency condominium, spanning over 12 acres in Sector 59, has 336 apartments, 175 of which are occupied since 2013. Over 500 people live in these apartments.
The condominium is four kilometres from Golf Course Extension road and six kilometres from Sohna Road. The nearest hospital is barely a 10-minute-drive afar and a police station is hardly 15 minutes away. The revenue road is 40-foot-wide and well constructed.
However, residents working in Delhi and Gurgaon find commuting difficult because of the paucity of public transport connectivity.
“The area is peaceful to live but reaching the sector is a difficult task. Many times, guests avoid visiting our house. Most of the times, we have to meet them in a restaurant or club in Gurgaon because of the location of the condominium,” Nidhi Taneja of the sector 59 said.
Though the revenue road is well-constructed, the approach road to Golf Course Extension road si not complete and residents have to pass through a village to get there.
“Passing through the village is painful as most people park their cars on the road. It is difficult to cross the stretch,” Arun Khanna another resident said.
Even though the area is close to the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road and other developed parts of Gurgaon, commuters have to wait for an hour or two before they are able to find any public transport. Residents say they mostly depend on private vehicles or carpool to their destinations.
“The closest mall is Hong Kong mall in Sector 57 and it is nearly 40 minutes on foot. There is no bus stand or auto-rickshaws stand close to our locality,” Amit Kumar a resident, said.
Women said they do not feel comfortable going out alone after sundown as the area gets deserted. They said they usually return home before it gets dark.
Residents pointed out the poor quality of water in the area as a problem. Though the developer is providing regular supply of water in the area, the maintenance cost is very high.
“We are paying maintenance charges of Rs. 3.7 per square feet for a 1,700 square feet apartment. The amount comes close to `7,000 and apart from this, we are paying Rs. 14 per unit for using power backup and that is very high,” Ruby Sharmaa, a resident, said.
An estate manager of Tata Raisina Residency said, “We have three shops, including a fresh vegetable shop, and all facilities are provided to the residents. We have a cobbler, tailor, beauty salon and all sports facilities inside the condominium.”