Residents of Apna Enclave are a contented lot as long as they stroll in the safe territory of their apartment. But the moment they step out of their houses, they are greeted by an ugly world comprising ‘open urinals’, bad roads, traffic mess and encroachments.
Residents say absence of well-maintained public toilets between the Old Gurgaon bus stand and the Gurgaon railway station makes the stretch outside Apna Enclave an ‘open urinal’. The railway station is a mere 500-metre from Apna Enclave.
“The road is used by hordes of grocers to go to the nearby subzi mandi. They are forced to use the road to relieve themselves. There should be at least two toilets in place for their use,” says Michael Martyr, a resident.
Martyr adds that while Gurgaon is termed as the Millennium City, the public conveniences here seem “prehistoric”.
When contacted, municipal councillor Parminder Kataria said he had raised the issue three months ago and asked for four toilets in the ward.
Apart from the permanent stink in the air, pits of refuse and polythene bags can be seen strewn around near subzi mandi, compounding the sanitation problem.
On top of that, there are no garbage bins outside the apartment premises.
The roads too leave much to be desired, say residents.
“The Railway Road is not maintained properly. Since the last six-eight months, it has been left dug up. No one mans the road and it is always choked with water. The councilor is cooperating with us on the issue,” says RWA president Satyajyoti Mukherji.
SK Deswal, another resident, said, “The construction work started in November. We were told it would be completed within three to six months. It leads to daily traffic snarls and congestion.”
Asked about the construction work, the municipal councillor said that though “80% of the work is complete, it will take another six months for the work to be over”.
In the last two years, encroachments have also increased in the area — adding to traffic congestion. “Encroachments line up near the apartment, making parking a challenge,” says Martyr.
Among other issues, the residents complain of presence of liquor vends on the road, adding to security risks.