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Independents’ day

After waiting for almost three years, the Millennium City finally got an opportunity to elect its 35 municipal representatives. Sanjeev K Ahuja reports.

india Updated: May 16, 2011 02:09 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

After waiting for almost three years, the Millennium City finally got an opportunity to elect its 35 municipal representatives.

Though the state election commission is still to declare the official polling percentage, it was reported to be about 65%.

About 2.78 lakh residents participated in the exercise across the city.

Now, the next step will be to elect the MCG mayor.

State election commissioner Dharam Vir said the decision to announce a date for the same would formally come from the office of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) commissioner.

“A date to this effect would be notified soon,” he added.

The journey to give Gurgaon an elected civic body has been rather long. It goes back to 2005 when a Municipal Council, meant for old Gurgaon, was scrapped since the city had qualified for a larger municipal corporation as in Faridabad.

In July 2008, the Haryana government announced dates to kickstart the process to form the MCG.

The body would exercise control over old Gurgaon towns, 37 villages and New Gurgaon townships such as DLF City, Sushant Lok, South City, Palam Vihar and 57 HUDA sectors.

Gurgaon district spreads across about 1,183 square km.

The elections will bring major relief to the residents of New Gurgaon towns who did not have any regulatory body or representatives so far, except their resident welfare associations.

Now, residents hope to make their voices heard through these elected representatives.

In the MCG poll, New Gurgaon areas included ward numbers 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 35.

However, most candidates, numbering about 110, belonged to the rural stretches.

Also, a majority of contenders were women since five of these wards were reserved for them.

Nishant Kulshreshtha from Sushant Lok said that residents in New Gurgaon had a number of issues, not only related to civic amenities, but also with developers.

“We have an endless list of issues pertaining to our developers who have failed to keep their promises. Previously, we had noone who could help us address these issues, except for the RWAs which have no regulatory powers as such. Now, we would have our own councillors to echo our grievances,” he added.