The residents of Pioneer Park in Sector 61, near Golf Course Road, have approached the civic authorities with the demand to have the stagnant water and garbage pile removed from the area behind their condominium. They voiced fears of an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases in the area if the sludge and waste isn’t cleared at the earliest.
Multiple cases of mosquito-borne ailments were reported from the condominium last year.
The run-off from the patch of land right next to the condominium, where some labourers are camped in makeshift shelters and take bath, is to blame for the stagnant water, the residents said. Waste from nearby construction sites, too, are dumped randomly on the land leading to unhygienic conditions and driving fears of vector-borne ailments.
The residents said the developers overseeing construction projects should arrange makeshift toilets for the labourers as it would ensure proper, hygienic ambience for those settled nearby.
The residents claimed that the upscale neighbourhood has turned into a dumpyard as waste piles up and the authorities continue to look away. They said while the central government has been stressing on cleanliness for a Swachh Bharat (Clean India), the authorities here are unmoved as the city continues to be dotted with garbage piles.
“Construction waste and sludge has been allowed to pile up behind our condominium wall for 18 months. The land belongs to another developer and despite repeated complaints, neither the municipal authorities nor our developer has done anything about it. Last summer, several dengue and chikungunya cases were reported in our society. The situation is getting more alarming with every passing day as new residents keep coming in and most lack awareness about hygiene,” Vimal Verma, a resident of Pioneer Park and an advocate by profession, said.
“You don’t feel healthy if your surroundings aren’t clean and hygienic. The waste and sludge are not only polluting the environment but are also threatening our health. We can’t even stand on the balcony because of the smell. We hope the authorities act soon,” Tripti Singh, a resident, said.
The residents have called for a sustainable solution to the problem and want the waste dumped at designated collection and disposal sites of the MCG (Municipal Corporation of Gurugram).
The MCG has 16 designated dumping sites in four zones — Sohna, Gurgaon, Pataudi, and Badshahpur.