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House numbers changed yet again

Shiv Prakash Goel, a resident of Madanpuri in Old Gurgaon, is a worried man. Last week, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) had changed his house number from 599 to 715.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2011 00:58 IST
Dhananjay Jha

Shiv Prakash Goel, a resident of Madanpuri in Old Gurgaon, is a worried man. Last week, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) had changed his house number from 599 to 715.

This means a lot of trouble for him, for he has to get his address changed in all documents such as passport, driving licence, voter’s card, life insurance policies and bank accounts.

“It’s not an easy task. Authorities have changed my house number at least four times in the last three decades,” said Goel.

“When I purchased the house in late 1970s, its number was 264. Later, they changed it to 114 in 1984. Again after five years, they gave a new number – 530. Seven years ago, they again changed it to 599,” added Goel.

Goel is not the only person who is annoyed with the civic body’s move.

“All my documents have my house number as 13. But now me and my family members will have to go through the grind to set our records right,” said Hemant Kumar, a resident of New Colony.

But the problem does not end there. For residents, along with their house numbers, block and street numbers will also undergo a change. This will create a lot of inconvenience for the postal department.

“Most of the people do not use the new number. I still get postal mails in the old address. But that doesn’t solve my problem,” said a resident.

However, MCG officials said residents need not worry as the new system would prove beneficial for them in the long run.

According to them, the renumbering of houses is being done to streamline property details. “Even though the move may cause inconvenience to residents immediately, in the long run it would make matters easy,” said an official.

“Residents should not worry, as once it is streamlined, residents can pay their bills online for various services sitting in their homes,” said SC Kush, chief town planner, MCG.

In a recent meeting, the deputy commissioner told the residents that the new house number will remain permanent. “The MCG is digitizing property details in the city,” said an official.

The new numbering system will be extended to Huda sectors and other private townships such as DLF City , Sushant Lok and Palam Vihar in near future, said another official.

“The MCG has taken into account the problem areas also. For now, all bills will have old and new house numbers. This will reduce residents’ problem in a big way. The new system would be extended to Huda sectors after they are transferred to the MCG,” added the chief town planner.