More than 50,000 workers at the Industrial Model Township (IMT), Manesar, walk several kilometres daily to their offices due to lack of an effective intra-city transport system.
Though there are a few autorickshaws, these can't cater to the needs of employees. The industrial area is spread across1,736 acres.
The township houses manufacturing units of auto giants Maruti Suzuki, Suzuki subsidiaries and Honda apart from several ancillary units.
With the authorities not doing enough, three-wheeler operators also take commuters for a ride by demanding high fares. The auto drivers also drive rashly, putting their lives and those of the passengers at risk.
There is no transportation facility during the night hours.
The industry associations blame the promoter of the township, the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructural Development (HSIIDC), for the present state of affairs.
“They have done nothing,” said Amina Shervani of the Manesar Industries Welfare Association.
Aseem Takyar, an industrialist, said, “The local operators don't allow other private operators to come in. Earlier, a few mini buses used to ply on the interior roads but the drivers were beaten up by auto-operators.”
HSIIDC deputy general manager, Gurgaon, Hamvir Singh said, “There is lack of transport facility.”
But while passing the buck on the transport department, he added, “It's the transport department’s job. If they come with a proposal, we will coordinate in the best way.”