Dividing line: A tale of two Gurgaons
Residents of New Gurgaon are concerned about their representation in the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).india Updated: Apr 27, 2011 01:38 IST
Residents of New Gurgaon are concerned about their representation in the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).
They fear that Old Gurgaon will get an edge when a mayor is elected since 26 wards out of 35 fall in the area.
According to the residents, each ward in New Gurgaon has an average voters’ population of 17,000 and the biggest ward is number 34 with about 19,000 voters.
However, the average is about 10,000 voters in Old Gurgaon.
RS Rathee, a resident of DLF City and president of Gurgaon Citizen Council, said: “Unfortunately, New Gurgaon that has about 1.5 lakh voters from nine wards (25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33 and 34) would lose in the race for the mayor as Old Gurgaon councillors with 26 wards would be the deciding factor. The division of wards in New Gurgaon does not balance the population density.”
Nine municipal wards under New Gurgaon have about 1.5 lakh voters while about 2.80 lakh residents will vote from the remaining 26 wards.
Voters of all 35 wards will chose their councillors on May 15 and the MCG mayor will be chosen by the councillors.
TN Kaul, president of AarDee City, complained that RWAs were not included in the process of ward demarcation by the government.
“The decision to carve out 35 wards in Gurgaon was done autocratically without involving RWAs in the process. This has resulted in imbalance of allocation. This has also created a divide between old and new Gurgaon areas,” Kaul said.