The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) may take over the maintenance of upscale residential areas in the city such as Sushant Lok-I, DLF Phases I to IV and Palam Vihar after repeated demands from the residents.
Though the matter has not received any official sanction yet, officials of the Town and Country Planning and Urban Local Bodies in Chandigarh are considering it, a senior MCG official said.
The Town and Country Planning department has prepared a report with the proposal to hand over the maintenance of colonies to the MCG and has submitted it to the additional chief secretary.
“We have submitted the report to higher authorities and a decision is expected soon. The report was prepared on the directions of the additional chief secretary,” VK Goyal, senior town planner of the Town and Country Planning department, said.
The residents of these colonies said the government should take a decision in their favour and hand over the maintenance of colonies to the MCG. Currently, the residents are paying the maintenance charge levied by the builder and the property tax of the civic body.
Currently, developers or private agencies appointed by the developer are supposed to provide services such as resurfacing of internal roads, sanitation, water, horticulture, sewerage pipelines and security at these colonies. The rates charged vary from area to area and the services are not delivered satisfactorily, residents said.
“Before taking over the maintenance, the MCG should ensure that the basic infrastructure is provided by the developers so that it will be easy for them to deliver the services from there on. Developers are required to provide several facilities to the residents but those services are missing in most of the areas,” Sudhir Sachdeva, member Sushant Lok-I RWA, said.
Residents said there were unscheduled power cuts in the colonies due to poor maintenance, worn-out cables and sub-standard transformers. The government has to ensure that the power infrastructure is also complete.
“At the end of the day, the MCG has to take over the maintenance. But, at the moment, the agency does not seem capable of undertaking such a huge task. The services delivered by the MCG are not remarkable and it needs to improve its services so that we do not face the same issues again,” Parimal Bardan, a resident of DLF Phase-I, said.