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A metro city? No way

india Updated: Jan 05, 2012 01:20 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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Gurgaon has earned the sobriquet, Millennium City, in less than a decade.

Today, it is known as the hub of major multi-national companies and provides employment to thousands of people, leading to massive increase in state revenue.

The city is home to nearly 30% highly professional and senior government officials, including former CEOs, general managers, sportsmen, artists, media personalities and others.

However, a big question continues to haunt residents as to why infrastructure has not seen marked improvement as per standards of a modern city in comparison to cities like New York, London, Washington etc.

If the figures of infrastructure growth are taken into consideration, the city has seen less than 30% growth in the past decade. On the other hand, population has risen and touched the 16 lakh mark (15.14 lakh as per the 2011 Census) and grown at the rate of 74% since 2001.

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has planned to develop sectors up to 115, but it has not been able to maintain 25% roads in the past five years. Also, basic amenities like sewerage system, water and power supply, efficient policing are not up to the mark.

The security apparatus has also not been strengthened. This is evident from the figures of police personnel — 3,300 five years ago to 3,405 today.

Similarly, Huda’s master sewerage line project continues to hang fire. The project is pending at several places. With this, the dream to provide standard sewer disposal to city residents appears a distant reality.

“The government has to take care of infrastructure. Gurgaon is a modern city and people from other countries have settled here to run their businesses,” said Suskia Chitrak, a German national residing in DLF City.

The load on existing infrastructure has compelled residents to protest on the streets and file PILs in courts.

“Infrastructure growth has been unsatisfactory. The government has neglected the city and is focusing on developing other parts of Haryana,” said Prem Sablok, former controller general of defence accounts, and a resident of Palam Vihar.

“I cannot blame the government for poor infrastructure. The authorities also have to develop other cities. Still, Gurgaon should be dealt with a little differently,” said SK Chowdhury, former joint commissioner, Delhi Police.