Following the direction of the state government, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) took over the remaining sectors from the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) on Thursday.
The decision to transfer the sectors was taken by the state government in February. However, formalities were completed only after a joint meeting of senior Huda and MCG officials on Wednesday.
The MCG took over the remaining sectors 23A, 27, 28, 30 (Part), 31, 32, 33, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 (Part), 42, 43, 47, 54, 55 and 56.
In the first phase, on April 30, MCG had taken over sectors 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7 extension, 9, 9A, 10, 10A, 12A, 14, 15 part one and two, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23 and 37 part one and two.
According to sources, it was decided during the meeting that prevalent Huda staff, services and contracts will remain operational on ‘as is where is basis’ and the transfer process will be carried out in a phased manner over three months.
“We will work in close coordination with Huda to ensure the transfer process is streamlined. Outsourced work under Huda sectors will continue until their contracts are to be renewed. MCG is equipped to take over the extra load and deliver optimum services to the city,” joint commissioner Vivek Kalia said.
According to a senior official, with the complete transfer becoming effective, the onus of providing sanitation, sewage and water supply, and maintenance of open spaces and common areas will fall on the MCG. Similarly, property tax, water supply maintenance charges and sewerage charges generated from the sectors will now be recovered by MCG in the transferred sectors.
Huda will continue to recover extension fees, transfer fees and other fees related to plots.
Unsold plots in the sectors will be divided equally between Huda and MCG. HUDA can allot space for public services such as meat markets, cremation grounds, transport hubs, and dumping sites for solid waste, officials said.
A detailed list of Huda sector maps, open spaces, utilities, equipment, machinery, assets and liabilities, will be handed over to the corporation by Huda officials next week, an official said.
Residents of these sectors have been being asked to lodge complaints with regard to drinking water, sewerage, parks, sanitation streetlights and other civic services that are now under the MCG’s purview on the toll-free number 1800-180-1817.
MCG officials said they will hold meetings with residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) soon to take into account their suggestions.
MCG not equipped for the transfer
The proposed strength of sanitation staff of the MCG may increase to 3,500 from the existing 2,200 but the move awaits finance and contract committees’ approval. Around a thousand Huda employees were to be transferred for the maintenance, but after CM’s intervention their transfer is uncertain.
The machinery is also limited. MCG has only six advanced sweeper machines.