The residents of many private developers' colonies have joined hands to fight for their long-pending demand of bringing their areas under Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for maintenance.
Representatives of several colonies that are currently being maintained by their developers held a meeting on Sunday and decided to meet Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, seeking his intervention into the matter.
"We will meet the CM and discuss the issue as we have done earlier in our house meeting twice in the past five months," said Yashpal Batra, senior deputy mayor, adding that the transfer process should be expedited.
The residents are likely to give the chief minister a list of demands which include immediate handing over of their localities into the MCG and stop monopoly of the colonizers, who failed to provide proper facilities despite collecting maintenance charges from the house owners.
The residents complained that despite crossing the five-year deadline set for handing over colonies to the civic body, the colonizers fail to provide facilities and arbitrarily increase maintenance fee. They said that they are compelled to pay house tax to the MCG and maintenance charge to the developer without getting anything in return.
"If MCG can ask for house tax, why not first the government asks colonizers to hand over the areas to MCG," said a resident present in the meeting.
The colonizers increased maintenance fee from R1 to R2.50 per sqm in February last year. Besides, the MCG has sent notices to many house owners for not paying house tax.
On the other hand, several private developers' colonies lack basic amenities such as sewer, power, water, roads, and community centres.
As per the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act 1975, the colonizer must hand over a colony to the civic agency after five year of its development. But many colonies such as DLF City, Sushant Lok, South City, Ardee City, Palam Vihar, and Vatika were developed 20 years ago.
"There are colonies which are two decades old and still maintained by the developers,” said SS Rai, a resident of Sushant Lok.