Residents in the Sector 57 area, who have been voicing their misgivings over the illegal water and power connections and open sewer lines in the unauthorised slums, will take their protest to the office of the senior town planner on Monday.
The residents claimed the senior town planner refused to meet them on Wednesday despite calling them to his office and having them wait for two hours.
However, YM Mansuri, the senior town planner, refuted the charges saying he remains in office till 9 pm and never refused to meet anyone. “We’ve written to the NGT (National Green Tribunal) and have even directed our enforcement wing to take necessary action. We hope the issues will be resolved at the earliest,” Mansuri said.
Residents, however, claimed that despite repeated complaints to the civic authorities, all they got were blank assurances. They said the open sewer lines have been throwing up a nauseating stink over the last three months and, yet, the authorities continue to look away.
“We wrote to all officials concerned and even posted our feedback at the CM’s window over the run-off from the open sewer lines, stagnation of water and leaking sewage pipes in the unauthorised slums in our sector,” Joginder Singh of Sector 57, said.
“The stagnant water from the leaking sewage pipes have been throwing up an unbearable stench over the last three months. The entire neighbourhood stinks and we find it difficult to cross the stretch bordering the slums,” Rekha Singh, a resident of block F, said.
“We had even arranged to pump out the stagnant water on our own, but the run-off from multiple sources ends up here and the problem persists. Such is the situation that we take turns daily to skip work and pump out the water,” Hari Singh Dhillon, of Sector 57, said.
The area connecting blocks F, G and B is waterlogged, driving fears of mosquito-borne ailments among nearby residents. Despite repeated pleas for help, the authorities are yet to drain out the sewage run-off.
The residents alleged that the slum dwellers have obtained illegal water and electricity connections and even leave the sewer covers open for laying cables. They said the matter was reported to the MCG commissioner, town planners and other officials, but no action was taken.
“We wrote to the Huda administrator and left a complaint at the CM’s Window. Yet, the authorities continue to drag their feet,” Anita Singh of block G, said.
The construction of slums started a year ago and currently, they number more than 100.
“Those living in these clusters bathe and wash clothes in the open. Though temporary toilets have been set up for them, they have no water connection and neither are they linked to sewer lines. Hence, they draw water illegally from our water lines and use our manholes to drain their run-off,” R L Bagri, another resident of block B, said.