The residents of Sushant Lok 1 have threatened to go on a hunger strike next month as repeated complaints to the district administration about poor roads and incomplete infrastructure in the area has yielded no outcome.
Sushant Lok 1 is a gated community that houses 10,000 families. Residents said they have been demanding for better infrastructure for long and appealed to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) to complete the takeover of the area as soon as possible.
The MCG is to take over the maintenance of DLF phases 1 to 3, Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok Phase 1. These five colonies were among the first to be developed by private builders in Gurgaon in the early 1980s. However, the take over have been pending for over a year.
Residents said the builder is not providing all services because of the confusion pertaining to take over by the MCG.
“We will go for an indefinite hunger strike if the government does not provide emergency relief with respect to health service, roads, water and electricity. The condition of roads is wretched, water supply insufficient, and parks and security service not properly maintained. These problems can be solved only if the MCG takes over the maintenance of the township,” AK Nagpal, president, Sushant Lok Residents’ Welfare Association (SLRWA), said.
Shashi Sharma, a resident said, “We have given letters to all respective departments regarding our concern. If they fail to start any work within this month, we will go on a hunger strike,”
Residents also pointed out that the government has been delaying the process of takeover. “Our area suffers from the absence of a holistic plan. Development took place without proper town planning. There is no systematic solution to our problems,” Anil Sharma, a resident, said.
However, the MCG said it will take over the area as soon as it receives a report that the infrastructure work at the township has been completed by the developer. “We are working on the plan and trying to find out the deficiencies in infrastructure,” SS Rohilla, official spokesperson of the MCG, said.
“The issue has been raised with us several times. We have forwarded the complaints to the respective department,” Hardeep Singh, deputy commissioner, Gurgaon, said.