Residents, under the banner of Gurgaon Citizens Council (GCC), said they want the private and licenced colonies to be transferred immediately to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) for civic maintenance. They said that the issue has been delayed for a long time.
Private colonies such as DLF Phases 1 to 4, South City 1 and 2, Ansal’s Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok, Ardee City, Vatika City, besides others, are being maintained by their respective developers and the conditions of roads and other civic amenities are bad.
Residents of these localities have repeatedly been giving representations to the Town and Country Planning (TCP) department and Urban Local Bodies (ULB) to expedite the transfer.
According to the residents, the developers are failing to maintain roads, water supply, sewer since the issue of a transfer was initiated.
Residents of Ardee City, Sushant Lok and South City have held protests over bad condition of roads and they met Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) Commissioner, V Umashankar, who also wrote to the Haryana government in this regard.
“Since licenced colonies are still with the developers, the corporation cannot repair roads. We want the process (of transfer) to be expedited and civic maintenance issues addressed,” RS Rathee, the president of Gurgaon Citizens’ Council, said. The council members are also set to meet ULB and TCP officials next week.
Anand Mohan Sharan, the principal secretary of ULB, Haryana government, said, “We held a meeting with the town planning department in this regard about a week ago and the transfer is at an advanced stage. We are hopeful that it will be completed soon.”
Residents said that developers turn a blind eye to civic issues. “Internal roads in Sushant Lok have not been repaired for the last six to seven years, and the roads are riddled with large potholes. Similarly, there happens to be a problem with sweeping and maintaining cleanliness as well,” AK Nagpal, the president of Sushant Lok RWA, said.
In August 2015, then financial commissioner of TCP, P Raghavendra Rao, had ordered to expedite the transfer of private colonies following representations from city councillors.
The Haryana government started issuing licences to private developers in the early 1980s and has issued hundreds of such licences but none of these areas has been transferred to the MCG so far. MCG has taken over the sectors that fell under the Haryana Urban Development Authority in 2016.