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A mixed bag of achievements, failures

india Updated: Jul 17, 2012 00:00 IST
Deevakar Anand
Deevakar Anand
Hindustan Times
Ward Number 30

Ward Number 30 is one of the most prestigious wards in Gurgaon. The seat was reserved for women and the ciontestants in the last elections were highly-educated.

The expectations further soared with Nisha Singh, a London Business School graduate, being elected as the councillor for the ward. After all, she had dived into governance after her stint at Google as the head of corporate social responsibility. After more than a year in her current job, she has a fair share of achievements and failures.

She has an array of achievements to her credit. Right from getting three inter-sector roads re-laid (at Sector 47-50 road, Sector 57 Wazirabad road and Sector 57 inside road) to solving the problem of sewer overflow in Sector 47 and Samaspur village.

She also got the work allocated for connecting a few areas’ sewer lines to master sewer lines. But overflowing sewer in certain plots in Sector, absence of street light poles at Sector 47-49 road, Sector 57 internal HUDA road, Sector 51-50 road and Sector 57-Wazirabad road do stare back at her claims defiantly. “When I started, I was an outsider. I knew the issues broadly but I had limited knowledge of solutions to problems. In the last one year, I got to know the solutions but there are limitations to implementing them,” said Singh.

She says that parts of her ward falls under the jurisdiction of MCG, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) Huda and private colonisers. The multiple authorities make for a perfect environment for passing the buck and makes her task difficult, she said.

However, some residents do not buy the contentions. “She has failed to keep her promises. While she made a number of visits to garner votes, she isn’t visible now. A lot of our problems remain unresolved,” complained Sunil Sukhija, a resident of Sector 46.

The silver lining though is that she has raised issues which are pan-Gurgaon. These include — the campaign against liquor vends in green belts, proposal for a grid-based road numbering system and working with citizen groups on other issues.