Residents go on hunger strike for sector transfer

  • Ipsita Pati, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Aug 24, 2016 00:24 IST
Residents protest at mini-secretariat on Tuesday. They threatened to go on an indefinite strike if their demands are not met. (Parveen Kumar/ht)

Residents of upscale condominiums and societies went on a one-day hunger strike at mini secretariat on Tuesday demanding the takeover of their societies by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG). They threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike if their demands were not met at the earliest.

They had submitted a memorandum to the district administration explaining their demands. Residents said they have been waiting since February for the MCG to take action but nothing has been done.

DLF phases 1 to 3 that spread across 1,451 acres, Palam Vihar of 656 acres and Sushant Lok Phase 1 of 636 were to be taken over initially and others were to follow.

RWA members said the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Area Act 1975 & 1976 was created to urbanise Haryana cities. They said all facilities in societies were meant for the benefit of residents and that is why they were placed inside residential spaces. Since these facilities have not been constructed, residents said they have been cheated.

“Every licensee was given contract to complete the construction of their colonies within five years. Yet, more than 35 years later, not one Gurgaon colony is complete. Shockingly, the government of Haryana has still not cancelled the licence of these licensees,” Dhruv Bansal of DLF Phase 1 said.

“The licenced developers are not giving any proper developments as required even after collecting money for maintaining the area and collecting additional maintenance charges,” Anil Sharma of Sushant Lok 1, said.

The MCG commissioner said the takeover can only take place when all dues were settled by developers. Also, builders have to complete the infrastructure in these colonies.

“There are some vested interests in the entire scenario and we cannot deal with it unless all dues are cleared. We are ready with the road map and we will take action once the confusion related to dues are cleared,” TL Satyaprakash, MCG commissioner, said.

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