Who is to blame for the mess in Gurgaon? Mainly the previous governments, says Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Other culprits include the rain, Central agencies and lack of funding, he tells Gurgaon correspondent Sanjeev Ahuja.india Updated: Oct 02, 2008 23:32 IST
Gurgaon residents have taken to the streets in protest against the city’s poor civic infrastructure. What do you have to say?
Gurgaon’s infrastructure woes are the result of previous governments’ apathy. They did not plan for the city’s growth and issued commercial licences — for malls and other establishments — indiscriminately. We are working hard to correct their mistakes but it will take time.
But why is it taking so long to fix even the basics, like roads?
The heavy rains are to blame for the delay in repairing roads. At the same time, many roads are being upgraded and widened. I have given the Gurgaon administration six months to complete all road projects.
The rains have been heavy all over the National Capital Region (NCR), then why are Gurgaon’s roads in a particularly bad shape?
It’s because of the large-scale construction activity in Gurgaon. Overloaded trucks carrying construction material cause extensive damage to the roads.
Isn’t it a shame that Gurgaon does not have a designated garbage-dumping site even 30 years after its large-scale development started?
Like I said, we are suffering because of the lapses of previous governments. But let me point out that even Delhi faces the problem of unauthorised garbage dumping. Gurgaon’s planned solid waste management facility has got delayed because the environment ministry took one-and-a-half years to grant environmental clearance. On our part, we have notified the Gurgaon-Manesar Master Plan 2021 to develop the city meticulously.
Gurgaon residents are losing patience. Do you have anything concrete to offer them immediately?
We have already announced a package of Rs 776 crore to be spent on water supply, sewerage, storm water drainage and other basic amenities that are about to be completed.
At present, all decisions about Gurgaon are made in Chandigarh. Can’t the city have its own independent development agency on the lines of Noida?
No, we cannot create a Gurgaon Development Authority as we have already created a Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) on the lines of Faridabad. But we will empower the MCG commissioner to take all decisions and there would be no clash of functions with Haryana Urban
Development Authority or the district administration.
Why are 6-12-hour power cuts the norm in Gurgaon?
The previous governments are again to blame for this as they created only 1,587-megawatt (MW) power generation capacity in the last 40 years. We, on the other hand, have planned to generate an additional 5,000 MW in five years.
How do you propose to improve the law and order situation in Gurgaon?
The crime figures have swelled in Gurgaon as I have instructed the police to register first information reports unconditionally and liberally.
We have sought financial help from the Centre for implementing Delhi-style policing not only in Gurgaon but also in all the other cities of NCR. We have already introduced a police commissionerate system in Gurgaon and have appointed four Indian Police Service officers here. We are short of manpower and cannot be compared with Delhi, where the deployment of police personnel is 44.55 policemen per sq km against our 2.09 policemen per sq km.