Glitzy shopping malls and swanky skyscrapers in their neighbourhood have no charm for the residents of Sector 23, for whom, dealing with blocked sewage line, damaged roads and stray animals has become a routine affair.
Residents say whenever they lodge a complaint, workers of Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) demand Rs 500 for cleaning the blocked sewage in the area.
"Initially when these people asked me to pay Rs 500 for cleaning the blocked sewage, I paid them. But, later, I realized that the problem continues ever since these sectors have been set up," said one of the residents RM Sharma.
Residents also complain about frequent waterlogging due to poor maintenance of roads in the area.
They say the foul smell emanating from chocked sewage and drains is posing a serious health hazard, especially for children and elderly people living in the sector.
While several residential plots are being used for commercial purposes, roads become a parking lot on every weekend and it disrupts vehicular movement.
Lack of sanitation work makes the sector a favourite hideout for pigs and other stray animals. Besides, residents also face inadequate water supply, especially during summers.
According to Huda, it has not received any complaint about its workers asking for a bribe. However, it has prepared an estimate of R1.5 crore for carrying out road repair projects in the sector.
“We have already sent an estimate of R 1.5 crore for road carpeting and things would be fine soon,” said AK Maggu, executive engineer, Huda.
Maggu also urged the residents to lodge complaint against Huda workers if they demand money for cleaning sewage lines.
“If a government staff asks for a bribe, it is a crime and we would certainly get an FIR lodged against the guilty. But residents would have to come forward,” he added.
The sector has houses of more than 300 defence officers, including retired and serving, among others. The market price of plots is R1 lakh per sq yard in the area.