HT interviewed P Raghavendra Rao, financial commissioner-cum-principal secretary, Haryana urban local bodies
Q. The people of Gurgaon hope for a massive improvement in civic amenities. What is your action plan?
A. I wish that Gurgaon develops as an ultra-modern city, where people are comfortable and content.
Q. The MCG is largely run by officials on deputation and who are not interested in the overall development of the city. Are there any plans to increase the manpower of the corporation?
A.The MCG was formed five years ago. Whenever any new organisation is set up, it takes time for regular posts to be created. The requisite number of posts has been sanctioned by the finance department. It takes time for people to get on the job.
Q. The residents of Gurgaon have been waiting for the MCG to take over Huda sectors and privately-built localities for five years. When do we see that happening?
A. All these things will take time. We have initiated various steps to take over the services. For example, we have decided that the water supply system in major parts of the city should be taken away from the public engineering department and handed over to the municipal corporation.
Q. The waste management system in the city is in disarray. The collection system is unplanned, number of sanitation workers inadequate and contractors have monopoly. Any plans to streamline the system?
A. We are aware of the issues related to garbage collection, processing and disposal. The central and the state governments have given assistance to Gurgaon and Faridabad in the form of the Bandhwari plant.
Q. Why has Gurgaon’s development been haphazard and scattered?
No one anticipated that there would be such a boom in a matter of 5-10 years. It was a different story in 1991. No one wanted to be here. Naturally, everything would be haphazard. From 1996 to 1998, the market was crashing because no one was investing. Now, the situation is different. We need to catch up.
Q. Why are key roads in Gurgaon without signages?
We have instructed the corporation to install proper signages so that people don’t face any problem in reaching their destinations. If there are gaps, people should contact the municipal commissioner and the elected representative.