This story is from archives and was originally published a year ago.
Thanks to their continuous efforts, the residents of Sector 4 can expect to get a newly constructed community centre soon.
Dissatisfied with the maintenance services in the area, the residentsf welfare association (RWA) members of Sectors 4 and Sector 15-I met Praveen Kumar, administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) on May 3. They discussed various development issues, which need improvement, with him.
The residents of Sector 4 raised the issue of the poorly maintained community centre constructed about 40 years back. It is currently lying in a pathetic state.
Informed Dharam Sagar, chairman, Federation of Residents Welfare Association (FORWA) and a resident of Sector 4, "Our sector was the first one to be developed by HUDA in Gurgaon.
During the process, four acres of land was demarcated for the community centre. Though the centre was constructed a year later but due to lack of maintenance by the authority, over a period of time, it was reduced to a shambles.
"Earlier we were taking maintenance charges from residents organising functions here and every time arranged for cleaning up the place properly. But later on cleaning stopped as no one was deputed to do so. As a result the area became messy after a function here.
It is also difficult for the residents to arrange activities here, especially the senior citizens who have been holding a meeting here every month. There is no sewer connection here and a majority of the land is lying unutilised," adds Sagar.
After listening to the worries of the residents, Kumar promised to arrange for reconstruction of the centre again with a car parking and other facilities.
"He assured that a plan would be prepared, and a rough estimate would be made about the cost of construction and efforts would be made to get the same approved as well. We also suggested the construction of an underground parking lot here, for which he agreed," adds JN Yadav, president of Sector 4, RWA.
The representatives of Sector 15-I RWA also informed Kumar about the incomplete repair work done by the contractor assigned by HUDA on their community centre. He has not carried out white-washing and other sundry repairs here, they said.
"The contractor has not carried out any repair work and even white-wash has not been done properly. Kumar informed us that the money has not been released to the contractor and the same will be done only after a satisfying job is done," shares RS Raghav, president, Sector 15-I RWA.
The representatives of Sector 4 also discussed the need for proper maintenance of parks.
"In our colony there are 22 parks but none of them have been maintained by officials concerned properly. During the meeting, Kumar suggested that to begin with development of seven to eight parks in the area would be carried out. We are looking forward to action now," adds Sagar.
Residents of Sectors 4 and 15-I also spoke about the need for repairing stormwater drains in the areas as these have been broken at a number of places and result in poor sanitary conditions in the area.
"Regarding repairing of the stormwater drain, Kartar Singh, executive engineer, HUDA informed that the budget for the same has been approved and tendering will be done soon. We have also highlighted that repair work of the fountain installed at Rose Garden Park, which has been lying defunct for twoand-half years, was pending.
"The need for constructing a public convenience in the park, considering so many people visited the place every day was also reiterated. Kumar assured that the projects will be taken up soon," shares Raghav. Informs Singh, "We have received the instructions and are already on the job. One by one we will take up all the issues highlighted by the residents at the meeting."