The municipal committee was formed and discontinued several times in the past. But now the new corporation is run by elected representatives. This will give more teeth to the corporation.
As a committee, the civic body used to lack resources. There used to be only one fire tender, that too a malfunctioned one. If the fire tender ventured out from its garage, that act itself used to be a moment for celebration.
Hygiene was another problem, with damaged sewers and pigs roaming about town.
Despite these problems, Old Gurgaon was a relatively peaceful area to live. Now, it has been neglected after private townships mushroomed everywhere.
I remember buses and truck would ply on Sadar Bazar Road, which is almost impossible now since it has become too crowded, with no space even for pedestrians. New townships have changed the face of Gurgaon, which is not the case with Noida, although development took place in the latter as well.
This distortion in how the Millennium City developed is due to Huda's failure in maintaining its sectors. Shortage of water supply and bad roads became fairly common.
I feel Huda should transfer its sectors to the municipal corporation without delay, and the former should focus on its primary role. If the sectors come under the corporation, the municipal body will get more strength and things will improve.
When we invited our councillors to sign an 'integrity pact', only eight elected representatives signed it. I wish all of them were honest, instead of just a few.
The writer is former director general of police (Haryana), and resident of Sector 31 since 1959.