Residents on the edge as MCG fails to fix civic mess
The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), which came into existence in June 2008, has failed to live up to the expectations of the residents.gurgaon Updated: Nov 27, 2012 01:17 IST
The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), which came into existence in June 2008, has failed to live up to the expectations of the residents.
Although the city has emerged as an IT hub, Gurgaon’s civic problems are mounting.
The MCG which has the mandate to set the civic issues right has failed miserably.
“Nothing has changed in the past four-and-a-half years. The city’s civic infrastructure is collapsing but the corporation is interested in raking in money by slapping taxes,” said RS Rathee, president of the Gurgaon Citizens’ Council (GCC).
Initially, MCG covered only 22 sqkm area with 36 regularised colonies. But in 2008, the Haryana government, through a notification, increased the MCG’s area of jurisdiction. Now, the MCG has the jurisdiction of 168 sqkm which covers 44 villages, private builders’ areas and Huda sectors.
“In 2010, the Haryana government brought another notification expanding its jurisdiction to 207 sqkm,” said YS Gupta, a former joint commissioner of the MCG.
The MCG with an annual budget of R1,000 crore has failed to improve the infrastructure of the city. Arterial roads and sewage systems are in bad shape. The civic authorities say they do not have enough manpower to cover a vast area. At present MCG has 33 sanitation staff against the required strength of 3,500.
The city generates about 700 tonnes of garbage daily.