Residents are taking the Haryana government’s decision to spend Rs1,393 crore for city’s infrastructure upgrade with a pinch of salt. Many think this is nothing but a political gimmick.
“We have come across many such announcements in the past also. But what matters is what happens on the ground,” said a resident. According to the resident, many big-ticket projects such as northern and southern peripheral roads and Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway have missed their deadlines, thanks to the lackadaisical attitude of the government.
The Metro and Gurgaon expressway are not Haryana government’s initiatives. Besides, the government has not been able to provide basic amenities and public utility services to the city residents.
Residents have been complaining that despite Gurgaon contributing more than 47% to the state’s exchequer, the government’s spending on the city is just 3%. They want 5% of the total revenue generated by the city for its development.
Residents allege that Huda, DHBVN and MCG spend their revenues on city’s growth, whereas the state government spends the revenue generated by the city for the development of other parts of the state.
“The government has sanctioned Rs1,393 crore for the development of Gurgaon. It shows government’s commitment to the development of the city,” said SS Dhillon.
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday approved projects worth Rs1,393.57 crore in Gurgaon. Out of the funds, Rs583 crore has been earmarked for boosting water supply, Rs260 crore for water recycling scheme and Rs550 crore for roads.