Hundreds of Fortune 500 companies, swanky condominiums and malls dot the Millennium City, but residents still grapple with basic issues like long outages, poor condition of roads and insufficient public transport facilities.
A recent survey by Hindustan Times-C fore (Centre for Forecasting & Research) involving 2,081 Gurgaon residents revealed that the authorities have failed to provide civic amenities to residents.
Though the city has a substantial concentration of CEOs and senior managers, a permanent solution for water shortages, traffic congestion and road safety are still elusive.
The survey revealed that 88% of the respondents raised poor electricity supply as the most important problem. Also, 71% said that the condition of the roads has deteriorated over the past few years. Among the respondents, 64% also said the roads in their locality haven't been repaired for was more than a year. For residents, civic issues are a right since they are law-abiding citizens who generate revenue for these services through income tax.
Most participants feel that Millennium City roads are not medium to commute but an unending nightmare. Seeing roads in the neighbouring city of Delhi in a fantastic condition, residents feel they have been cheated. They said that the government has generated revenue through external development charges (EDC), and it's high time they put it to use.
Power failure remains another big issue for city residents as, on an average, they grapple with 7-8 hours of outages daily.
However, there is still some hope for the residents of Gurgaon. Huda administrator Parveen Kumar has said that roads are top on their priority list and commuters will see a major improvement over the next few months.
"We plan to re-carpet all the roads. For the time being, we have started some patchwork. In a few days, we will also put together a plan to deal with the problem of water shortage."
Something that is worth noting in the survey is the fact that most respondents chose power supply over roads and sewage condition on their priority list. They said that since most jobs depend on power, uninterrupted supply would have helped in faster development.
Faced with a long list of grievances, Gurgaon authorities certainly have a herculean task at hand.