Upset with the lackadaisical attitude of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) regarding the upkeep of the approach roads to Sector 21, the residents on Friday wrote a letter to chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, seeking his intervention in the matter.
"In November, the CM of Haryana had visited the sector and ordered an immediate solution. The administrator had then promised that the road would be made in the next three months but not even a survey has been done till now," said colonel (retired) Omed Singh, president, Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA), Sector 21.
The residents might have their plates full while grousing about the sorry state of the civic amenities at their disposal, but the approach roads to the sector have been an albatross around their neck for the past three decades.
Despite making multiple promises of mending the roads, Huda has not taken any steps in this regard till now. Encroachment and a decades-long stay order have complicated matters further.
The sector has five roads connecting it with the thoroughfares, including the Delhi-Gurgaon road, but none of the connectors are problem-free. Four of them have been encroached upon by the villagers of neighbouring Dunda Hera village, while the fifth outlet is caught in litigation. This 90-metre road, which is to be constructed on Huda land, would serve as the main outlet from the sector connecting it directly with the main road. However, it is a part of a 28-acre plot of land which is under a Punjab and Haryana High Court stay order since 1984.
"School buses ply on the internal sector roads — which are hardly wide enough for two cars moving side-by-side — in the absence of a decent arterial road within the sector," said Sudha Yadav, secretary, RWA, Sector 21.
Huda administrator Praveen Kumar, however, assured that the problem of roads here would soon be solved. "I have ordered the construction of a temporary detour road for the convenience of residents. The court case will not take much time now as I have given expediting orders," said Kumar.
The other problems in the sector are those of sewer lines. Most houses here are connected by a 10-inch sewer pipe which is not connected to the main sewer line. This secondary line gets easily blocked and the roads are often flooded by sewer water. Kumar claimed that the sewer lines in Sector 21 would soon be worked upon and that the concerned executive engineer had been told to look into connecting the society’s sewer line with the main sewer line.
Making matters worse, the disputed Huda property — where the arterial road is to come up — has been encroached upon and about 200 shanties have come up there in the past two months. Kumar said that he was unaware of any such construction in the area and that action would soon be taken if such was the case. These shanties, along with three-floor high buildings, constructed on the disputed land do not have sewer line permissions and discharge their waste in empty plots, making the region a hotspot for all kinds of diseases.