Residents of Ansal’s Sushant Lok-I on Saturday staged a protest against civic apathy and the failure of agencies to build roads and boost power supply to the area.
The demonstration was staged at the Vyapar Kendra market to vent their ire against authorities. The residents have vowed not to cast a single vote till new roads are laid and adequate water and power supply to the upscale colony is ensured. In a statement of intent, the residents raises the slogan, ‘No Road No Vote’.
They said they have done enough pleading with the authorities —Ansals, the developers, and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) — the agency responsible for building roads and providing adequate power and water supply to the colony — and want to send out a clear message this time.
As per the Haryana Apartment Ownership Act, 1983, the developer has to file a completion certificate within a stipulated period of time and hand over the colony to the MCG. But that hasn’t happened till date, the residents said.
The residents claimed that the Haryana government failed to live up to its promise of building roads on time and ensure enough motorable roads and adequate provision of water and electricity. They said the developer, too, failed to deliver on one of its basic responsibilities — ensuring proper maintenance of roads.
“From the MCG to the chief minister’s office, we knocked on every single door. However, the agencies are only indulging in a blame game while we continue to suffer. We won’t settle for platitudes or false promises anymore. We won’t cast a single vote in the upcoming MCG polls till they deliver on all promised road projects in Sushant Lok-I (the colony is home to 6,000 houses and close to 20,000 voters). We are giving a week’s time to the administration to fix our issues,” Sudha Tiwari, executive committee member of the RWA, said.
Not just poor roads, the residents also complained of lack of proper sanitation and garbage disposal system in the area. “When we moved in to our house in Sushant Lok-I two years ago, we had high hopes of living in the ‘Millennium City’. However, the pathetic condition of roads and lack of basic amenities made us realise that the city is nowhere near what we thought it to be. I have personally written to government agencies, and even the PMO and CMO, highlighting the plight of the residents. However, nothing happened. Perhaps, boycotting the MCG elections will send the message out loud and clear,” BN Gupta, a senior resident, said.
The residents claimed their colony has unfettered access to vehicles from all sides due to the one-way routing of traffic from Huda City Centre and it has only resulted in the roads going from bad to worse. “The authorities need to wake up and address our problems. We pay for maintenance and don’t deserve to be treated like this,” Neelu Sharma, a resident, said.