Residents, including expats, of DLF City (Phase 3), a posh locality just off the MG Road, have been living under unhygienic conditions for the last one year as some people have encroached upon vacant land which is being used to sort out junk, burn plastics and other banned products, making it difficult for them to breathe.
Residents of Block S, Block T, Block V and Siris road are the worst affected.
Local residents had reported the matter to officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) around 18 months ago, but claim that they started receiving threat calls from those who have set up shanties on the government land. This compelled residents to keep away from the issue. Besides, the pollution control board also refused to help them saying that it “only addresses pollution-related issues in the industrial sector.”
Residents alleged that despite regular visits to the administration, the authorities concerned have failed to address the issue.
With the burning of plastics and polythene bags continuing unabated, DLF residents approached the police on October 19 this year, besides submitting a complaint to the pollution control board and MCG officials.
Despite an assurance that things would be streamlined by Diwali, nothing has been done in this regard.
“We want the MCG to demolish all shanties. The burning of plastics is harming the environment and causing pollution,” said a resident. “The area has become a breeding ground for dengue, malaria and other deadly diseases.”
Residents said due to threats, they were a frightened lot and hence refrained from approaching the media.
“Authorities should know that we want to raise our voice but we are scared. Things are becoming increasingly difficult,” said another resident.
Pradeep Yadav, regional officer of the pollution control board, said, “I think this malpractice is going on at the land belonging to the municipal corporation. But as our job is confined to industrial units, we cannot initiate action there.”
Sudhir Rajpal, commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, said, “Area residents approached me and we have already issued notices to the encroachers. Residents need not feel scared. We will soon put up a notice board on the land stating that it is MCG land.”