The residents of DLF City Phase-I have understood what the perks of having a famous neighbour are. They had been protesting against an ongoing construction for allegedly causing nuisance in the locality, but it was only after their neighbour, Shabnam Singh—the mother of cricketer Yuvraj Singh—took up the issue that the wheels of change rumbled.
Shabnam, on Friday, complained about the situation to the DLF City residents’ welfare association (RWA) and soon after the plot owner apologised and promised to remove earth mounds from the vicinity within a couple of days.
There have been massive excavation and earth-moving work for the past three weeks for the construction of a house in the locality and the construction firm has not put any safety tapes on place. The grime and dust in the air has turned the lives of the residents of the surrounding houses miserable, it is alleged.
The residents had threatened that if the nuisance did not stop, they would move the court and try to get stay order against the construction activity. Still, the developer remained defiant.
“I had been away to Chandigarh for three weeks and I was shocked to see my house when I returned on Friday. There was dust all over our house - on the terrace, garden and lawn. It was difficult even to breathe as there was a heavy layer of dust in the air all around. I had to close all my windows. When I checked with my neighbours, they said that a complaint had been filed with the customer care of DLF but no action was taken thereafter by the developer,” said Shabnam.
Shabnam said that on Friday she called up the DLF City RWA president and also the customer care of the developer after which the security guards of the housing and the maintenance agency people came and started interfering in the massive excavation work. “It was after this that the plot owner called me up, apologised and promised to fix the matter in two days,” Singh added.
Jagbir Singh, one of Shabnam’s neighbours said that their lives had turned into nightmares for the past three weeks as the construction firm had not taken any measure to control the spread of dust. “Also, the site has not been protected with safety tapes, which is mandatory to avoid any human being or cattle straying into the pit. We cannot inhale as the air is full of dust. The work of excavation takes place round the clock,” he said, adding that the residents had the option of moving court and get the construction stopped if the plot owner did not take corrective measures soon.
Yuvraj, along with his family, has been living at Block-A of DLF City (Phase 1) since 2011. It is the same block where another India national Virat Kohli, too, is learnt to have purchased a house.