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City infrastructure gets corporate push

india Updated: Feb 18, 2012 01:29 IST
Deevakar Anand
Deevakar Anand
Hindustan Times
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Peeved over the poor condition of infrastructure, corporates and RWAs have decided to chip in with their expertise and support to make the city “a better place to live”.

Under the aegis of Gurgaon Renewal Mission (GRM) — a body given shape by corporates and prominent citizens — corporate honchos, representatives of RWAs and planners on Friday came together to discuss burning issues facing the city.

Infrastructure, environmental sustainability, healthcare, disaster management plan and educational facilities figured in the discussion.

Many corporates have been undertaking service projects in various parts of the city.

Sunil Dahiya, managing director of Vigneswara Developers, revealed that his firm is building 3,000 affordable housing units in Manesar for labourers.

Cdr Udaybir Yadav, deputy general manager, Raheja Developers, talked about his firm’s initiative to provide free education and meals to underprivileged children at its four construction sites.

Lt Gen (retd) Rajender Singh, CEO of DLF Foundation, said, “We look forward to renewed cooperation by the authorities and the corporates to take forward the mission of sustainable development.”

A lot of time was spent discussing on how to conserve water as the city already faces a water crisis.

Huda administrator Praveen Kumar talked about rampant misuse of potable water.

“We need to check wastage of water by improving the regulatory mechanisms,” he said.

To conserve water at micro and macro levels, general manager of ITC Hotels Niranjan Khatri suggested practices such as using water-saving devices and solar panels.

Kumar also stated plans to build 2,200 housing units for the economically weaker sections, installation of 1,000 mobile public toilets and plantation of two crore trees in the next six months.

He also discussed a proposal to develop a nearly 2.5-kilometre stretch of Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road (from Sikanderpur Chowk to Iffco Chowk) as a walkway.

‘Help Huda identify illegal borewells’

The stakeholders of the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway have identified points to set up facilities such as cloverleaves, underpasses and flyovers. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) on Friday urged residents to help curb misuse of groundwater in the city.

Citing shortage of manpower in the department, Huda administrator Praveen Kumar sought support from Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs). "Please ask residents to volunteer from different localities and collect data on submersible pumps. Once we have the information, I will ensure they all are metered or regularised." Kumar also said that the Huda will have a dedicated wing for water management in the city that will address issues such as availability of potable water, recycling of sewerage water, checking the misuse of water and regularising borewells.