Makeshift huts set up by construction workers in DLF Phase 5 have become a major nuisance for residents. Government agencies have failed to take action despite repeated complaints about lack of sanitation and increasing theft and other petty crimes in the area.
Residents of the posh colony, situated in Sector 54 on Golf Course Road, said that the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has failed to take action on their complaints.
Huda seems to be unaware of the fact that the public land is being illegally used by the workers of nearby construction sites. The residents say that the unhygienic lifestyle of the encroachers poses a health risk for those living in the area, while the number of theft cases has gone up in the past few months.
“The labourers have encroached upon public land and set up temporary huts with bamboo and plastic sheets. When they cook their food, they burn dried leaves, wood coal and cow dung. They also defecate in the open,” said RK Kumar, one of the residents.
A complaint was lodged with the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) but officials made it clear that the land comes under Huda’s jurisdiction. Later, the residents lodged another complaint with Huda which asked for live pictures of encroachments.
“It has been more than a fortnight since I forwarded pictures. But the problem has not been resolved. The civic authorities have turned a deaf ear to our complaints,” Kumar said.
Huda administrator Praveen Kumar said, “I will ask the anti-encroachment squad to visit the site and take necessary action. We are already removing encroachment in many localities from where we are getting complaints.”