It was a day of two firsts for Ward No 1 on May 15 last year. Not only did it get its first elected councillor, it also got the first ray of hope in 20 years to get regularised. But one year on, the councillor has failed to fulfill his promise and the areas remain unauthorised.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) was formed last year by the state government under the Haryana Municipal Act 1994.
On May 15 this year, Ward No 1 councillor Rishi Raj Rana completed one year in his present post. Hindustan Times took an initiative to ascertain residents’ opinion about the councillor and his work.
Most of the areas in the ward are unauthorised. The MCG sent a list 45 colonies to the government to get approval for authorisation in March this year. New Palam Vihar, which comes under Ward No 1 and houses 15,000 families, is in the list.
People living in these areas have been leading a miserable life since they settled here in the early 1980s. It lacks proper roads, sewage system, streetlights and sanitation facility.
“We are not sure if the government will recognise New Palam Vihar in 2012. It may take more time as our representatives have failed to put a strong case,” said MK Bagati, a resident.
The MCG has no jurisdiction in unauthorised areas.
When contacted, the councillor said, “We have a single point agenda to get this area recognised and I have lobbied strongly for the approval. I have asked the MCG commissioner to allocate separate funds for our ward. I am hopeful of positive outcomes shortly. After that, I will be able to do more work and in an authorised way.”
Close to 45,000-50,000 people reside in New Palam Vihar. They cannot enter into sale-purchase deeds nor can the government approve funds for development work.
“The ward councillor has proved to be incompetent. In one year, we have seen no visible progress,” said Rajkumar, another resident.
The councillor, on his part, said that he has just completed one year in which he made efforts to improve the condition of civic amenities.