Hundreds of residents of gated community Sispal Vihar (AWHO), Sector 49, on Thursday protested against the proposed CNG station adjoining their premises saying it posed a risk of fire accidents and was a health hazard.
Two petrol pumps are already functional close to this residential complex, just off Sohna Road, and residents believe an additional CNG station would create more problems.
The Gurgaon citizen council (GCC) also came out in support of the RWA and participated in the protest.
The government authority said no clearance has been given to the CNG pump. “We have not given any NOC (no objection certificate) or permission to the CNG pump,” said Sudhir Singh Chauhan, senior town and country planner, Municpal Corporation of Gurgaon.
Protesters said the CNG station was being opened on a nine-metre wide sector road connecting Sohna road. A large number of residential societies, hospitals, schools and shopping complexes are located on this stretch and residents are dependent on this road for their daily commute. This road will be further choked once the CNG station comes up, the residents claimed.
The residents alleged that underground storage of gas can cause cancer as it can expose residents to chemicals such as hexane and benzene.
“This road already has heavy traffic leading to jams throughout the day. Two petrol pumps are already there on this road which have further aggravated the traffic problem,” Brigadier (retd) S Dixit said.
Anita Bhatia, another resident, said, “If I have to drop my son to school , I have to get out of the society at least one and hours before as the road gets blocked.”
Maj Gen (retd) S K Yadav, president of RWA, said, “Despite approaching the authority on a number of occasions, no positive response is forthcoming and the common citizen is being subjected to undue harassment and inconvenience by an insensitive administration.”
R S Rathee, president of GCC, said, “If the CNG station is allowed to come up, it will impact movement of patients visiting the hospitals, school-going children and office-goers. We will fight against this CNG pump,”.
Satish Chopra, director of Haryana City gas, said, “The land for the CNG pump is allotted to us by Huda. They (Huda) have done a survey before allotment.”