As the city gears up to host two international events, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has deployed more than 200 workers to give Gurgaon a facelift.
Gurgaon is hosting the 12th Indian Ocean Conference of Council of Ministers of 19 countries (October 29-November 2) and the World Economic Forum on India summit (Nov 6-8).
Iron grills at the median on major roads are being given a fresh coat of paint, along with the concrete dividers. The Haryana chief secretary, PK Chaudhary, has also issued strict instruction to install signages at all important intersections.
The chief secretary has directed officials to create a special fund to avoid any delay in disbursal of salary payments, irrespective of the daily wage norms.
"Despite a labour shortage due to the festive season, we have managed to hire workers at a premium to carry out maintenance work on a war footing," said a senior HUDA official.
"We have paid workers more than the prescribed wage of R200 per day. We also ensure that all the payments are cleared immediately after the work is completed in the evening. At times, we also pay in advance if work is urgent," detailed another Huda official.
Labourers have been at work day and night to clean up the MG Road, the Gurgaon Expressway, Sohna Road, Golf Course and Golf Course Extension Road, apart from other major sector roads which are expected to be used by the guests in November.
"There is not much time in hand and more than 500 kilometres of major roads in the city need a makeover. There should be no garbage or hutments. All unwanted hoardings that block the commuters' view should also be removed," the chief secretary had told Gurgaon's top brass.
Brought to notice by several commuters, most Gurgaon roads have no signages to direct vehicles and there is no nomenclature system to help visitors find their way with ease.
"The Gurgaon administration never paid any attention to the problem. Thanks to the international conference, officials have woken up," said Neeraj Ajman, a visitor.