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india Updated: Sep 25, 2008 20:38 IST

# Thank you HT for carrying the Gurgaon Collapsing article.

I was one of the first few investors in Mr KP Singh's dream of DLF Qutab Enclave for Haryana's urban development. Today we have been left to rot next to an illegal garbage dump in return for the faith we had shown and investing our hard earned money in their projects.

Finally HUDA (after allowing relentless construction for 30 years) says they have got all clearances for a state of the art garbage disposal facility which will take one and half years (from when) to come up. The developers have made money off the investors without pointing out this glaring anomaly all these years. Nobody has once given a second thought to the life threatening implications of the garbage dump for 50000 people living around it. The risk of lives or an epidemic will only grow with every passing day for the next one and a half years. Dengue is already spreading like wild fire.

It cost us our hard earned money to buy houses in DLF city and it will cost us our lives to live in them.

While Singh is King, we lost everything

Mohandas

#Hello Every Body,

I feel really sorry about my city.

According to our HUDA Chief Admin Mr TC Gupta only 4 roads have problems.

For some reason even HT is not showing the Gurgaon city's roads but only of DLF.

Please send someone to sector 9, 4-7, 10, Old Railway Road, New Railway Road, Sadar Bazar, New Colony or Miawali. We are also a part of Gurgaon. My office is in DLF city and I reside in sector 7. Ideally the distance is only 12 km, with only one red light on the way, but it takes about 40 min from my home to office, it take to reach my office.

Regards Rupesh Arora

#G Anupama, the current HUDA Administrator in Gurgaon may get away by saying that she has taken over recently, but all her predecessors must be held accountable for the mess. Their service records must be made to show that they were thoroughly incompetent.

Lalit Mohan

# Dear Editor,

I am residing in Sector 31, Gurgaon. I would like to share some of my views about Gurgaon;

Power: Most of the time there are unscheduled power cuts. No one picks up the phone at the enquiry desk. Even when there is power, during peak summers, voltage is as low as 140 instead of 220 and hence AC's do not work. For earthing, line mans have hanged bricks with shreds of wire on each power line going from one pole to the other. We fear serious injury if this brick were to fall on any one.

Water: Limited supply. At times there is no water for 3-4 days.

Roads: Pathetic condition. I have changed axle of my car 2 times during last 2 years. Roads laid down last for not more than 4-5 months. Thereafter, they spread large pointed stones on the road and it feels as if one is driving on the sand bed of a dried river.

Security: If one leaves ones house for 3-4 days, there is more than 80% probability that the house would be burgled. My house in Sector 31 has been burgled twice during last 3 years. Police has not been able to trace the burglars. In daylight there are incidences of chain purse snatching, shooting etc. Law enforcement is virtually non-existent in the city.

Local public transportation: There isn't any except for 3 wheelers, which stuff more than 20 people in a space for 4. Without ones own vehicle one is helpless.

Resident Welfare Associations: Presidents of the RWA are mostly retired personnel's least bothered about improving the state of affairs.

Why do people call it a millennium city (a paradox unto itself)? It is in fact a village managed by corrupt & illiterate politicians and government officials. CEO's of the MNC's located in Gurgaon should form a delegation and frequently visit the Chief Minister raising common man's concern to expedite government action.

Regards
Rajesh Bhatia

# Hi,

I have been a regular reader of the Hindustan Times for the last few years. I think you have done an excellent job highlighting the poor state of infrastructure in Gurgaon. Kudos to you guys!

I am a permanent resident of Sector - 4 in Gurgaon. This is one of the oldest HUDA sectors and was the only sector at a point in time. My office is in DLF Cybercity. Going to my office from my home is an ordeal that I cannot describe in words. Is this why we pay so much in taxes every year? I would like to invite the Chief Minister, Mr Hooda and the HUDA Chief Administrator, Mr TC Gupta, to accompany me to my office from my residence for a day. They will then realize what I (and several people like me) go through everyday.

I will be dead scared if my wife accompanies me to office is she is pregnant. She may just have a mis-carriage!! If I send you pictures of New railway road, Old Railway road (oldest roads of Gurgaon), you won't believe they are roads! Even a "kutcha" road in some small village somewhere in India would be better.

Would appreciate if you guys could give some space to the above comments.

Thanks again,
Shailendra Singh

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Dear HT Reporters:



Congratulations for your sterling work on minimising garbage dumping in Gurgaon.



Along with all your endeavors, a further measure must be to stem the menace at its roots - preventing those dumping garbage from their homes at vacant plots.



As an example, we reside at DLF Phase 1 and the adjoining plot is vacant. The plot is an open invitation to indiscriminate dumping of garbage that is either not picked up on the morning rounds by the household rubbish collector or too large for his cart. Every now and again when the dumped material grows to an unsightly large heap, after a few telesales by me, the DLF authorities clear the rubbish. Meanwhile, it is a feast for fleas and insects and breeding ground for mosquitoes.



The immediate short term remedy would be for the RWA to strategically place a lot more rubbish bins all round and arrange to disinfect the mounds. Also, notices should be sent by the DLF & RWAs to residents, drawing attention to the menace. Afterall, the same people who dump at random never do so when visiting / living overseas. Why do it in our own country!



Media publicity will go a long way to overcoming the problem.



BS Makhija

# This is in refrence to the "Grill Session" interview of TC Gupta, HUDA Chief Administrator, by Navneet Sharma in today's edition.

It is frustrating to note that this officer does not even have his facts correct, how can he be expected to resolve the problem? According to him, "Only four roads have problems". The fact is that maybe only four roads in the entire city are worth calling roads, the rest are all potholes.

Babus' ignorance is the root cause of all our troubles. They never move out of their Ivory Towers and make such irresponsible statements based on the information fed by equally incompetent juniors. The condition of the Road from Shaeed Bhagat Singh Chowk to Bijwasan is in absolute shambles with 2-3 feet deep craters. What an irony of fate, this does not figure in the list of HUDA chief's four problematic roads.

The local government has miserably failed on all fronts. It's high time the PM (and even Sonia Gandhi) intervenes to save Gurgaon from Collapsing.

Warm regards
Ravi Wahi.

#Dear Editor,

I was absolutely delighted to read your article on "GURGAON COLLAPSING" in today's Hindustan Times. It was like music to my ears.

We run a 100% EOU industrial unit on Jaipur Highway near Grace Toyota showroom. The situation to get into our factory is so pathetic that it is unbelievable to see the state of affairs of approach road where there has been more than knee deep sewage water stagnant for the last few months. All the employees and labour working in the area have fallen sick one by one as they have to cross through this every day. No authority or Government body has even bothered to see the state of affairs.

The industries in our area of village Begumpur Khautaula are generating business worth thousands of crores of Rupees and giving employment to about 5000 employees , give all sorts of State and Central taxes just to run their factories under these conditions. Not only this, there is scheduled power cut of 11 hours with a further unscheduled power cuts of 2-3 hours every single day. Despite all the above our Government leaders have the decency to call Gurgaon a "World Class Millennium City". It is truly a case of "eyes wide shut".

I am attaching herewith some pictures which you may like to publish in the next report. I would also suggest that if you send your press reporters to this area who can come and interview industrialists to get first hand information about the TOTAL COLLAPSE.

Regards,
Rajan Mayor

# Respected Sir/Madam

The focus, which you people, have made towards Gurgaon current status is really appreciable. However being a daily reader of Hindustan Times, I would also like to bring to your attention that the road conditions are really bad in the areas like Sector 22. The stones beneath the road have started to come out which hurts the car and the driver the most. I would like you people to highlight this to the authorities so that corrective steps can be taken.

Best Regards
S Jain

# Sir you have forgotten to print the pictures of Iffco Chowk potholes.

When you come from MG Road (Delhi) towards Iffco Chowk to touch NH-8 there are too big potholes, earlier there was depression of 1 foot. Now the HUDA has filled the potholes by loose Stone aggregates, this has become very risky for the two wheelers; they can easily skid on these stone aggregates. Also every evening the traffic gets blocked.

Thanks,
Sarabjeet

# Dear Editor,
Continuing with the discussions on Gurgaon, would like to bring to the notice the menace of the hundreds of call center cabs parked on both sides of the roads, with the "No Parking" sign of the Gurgaon police peering down on them disapprovingly.

When Gurgaon was being planned the promoters were keen to introduce the culture of "Walk to Work', which would have been a good proposition if we had done long term planning accordingly. DLF Phase 3 was one such location, which had residential complexes next to high-rise offices. But, then nobody had imagined that all these offices would have their cabs parked right on the roads all day long. We already have pitiable roads and these call center taxis have conquered whatever good road space was available. Now it is not only limited to DLF Phase three but also has spread like a virus to all parts of Gurgaon.

Good roads may not be enough and public transport may not be the answer for the millennium. We need the call center to be responsible for providing parking to their taxis within their complexes as most hotels do, if we really believe in the future of Gurgaon.

Dr SN Misra

# Dear HT Reporters:

Congratulations for your sterling work on minimising garbage dumping in Gurgaon.

Along with all your endeavours, a further measure must be to stem the menace at its roots - preventing those dumping garbage from their homes at vacant plots.

As an example, we reside at DLF Phase 1 and the adjoining plot is vacant. The plot is an open invitation to indiscriminate dumping of garbage that is either not picked up on the morning rounds by the household rubbish collector or too large for his cart. Every now and again when the dumped material grows to an unsightly large heap, after a few telecalls by me, the DLF authorities clear the rubbish. Meanwhile, it is a feast for fleas and insects and breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The immediate short term remedy would be for the RWA to strategically place a lot more rubbish bins all round and arrange to disinfect the mounds. Also, notices should be sent by the DLF & RWAs to residents, drawing attention to the menace. Afterall, the same people who dump at random never do so when visiting / living overseas. Why do it in our own country!

Media publicity will go a long way to overcoming the problem.

BS Makhija

#I live in Palam Vihar in Gurgaon, security is other issue, which needs to highlight. Even in daytime, ladies don't feel secure at home and traveling after 7.00 pm is horrible experience as lack of security system in city. The daytime robberies, killing of senior citizen, snatching gold chains, theft of cars like incident is on raise in so many localities.

It feels ashamed when our friends/guests fear to visit our places due to above reasons. If you go to railways station, you will hardly see any police personal on stations. Hundreds of people coming into the station, embarked and disembarked from trains, but there are no security officials to either check the baggage or frisk passengers, despite the high alert in city. Any one can come and place explosives here and this could lead to catastrophe.



There is need of deputing more constables and increase patrolling around street. Resident Welfare Associations should arrange workshop, capsule courses, training session with the help of area police to educate and give awareness tips of safety to all residents specially senior citizen, house wives, children who almost left alone in place. To meet the challenges of security, state security agencies should increase manpower, utilized modern surveillance and intelligence systems for tracing criminals. CCTVs should install all over the city including all entry and exit points. People also need to help the government by being extra vigilant. As industrial and commercial investment has been significant there, private security is best options for them, which can help to reduce the workload of state police.



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Neetu Banga

#Dear Sir,

For the past few weeks the side of the master road (golf course road) near sector 43, in front of healers hospital, Vatika Atrium and Parsavnath housing has been cordoned off to prevent parking on the road.

The no parking boards mention *"by order Traffic Police Gurgaon"*

I believe this is very insensitive to the daily office goers in the area and *if this is being done by the Traffic Police Gurgaon,* it is very insensitive to the general populace.

Also by fair logic, in one is co-cordoning of 33% of the width of the road, how is it helping the traffic situation in the area anyway.

I also believe that the traffic police has always facilitated the general population and traffic policing is their core competence and not road/ traffic planning.

*I would like to know why the Gurgaon traffic police have taken this step *

1. Why is only this stretch of the road, in particular these three buildings fronts, targeted?

2. Why has similar measures not been taken along the whole of golf course road all the way till sector 56?

I am putting these questions to you so that I can get a fair answer before I go to the media / press who will be keen to go to the root of the issue.

I hope you are aware that there are private parties offering parking along the road at exorbitant prices.

I am not sure if one needs any permission to operate parking lots, and if these people have permissions, but that is another issue.

I hope that the traffic police Gurgaon in not conniving with these parking lot operators to facilitate their business.

I am also copying this email to the Chief Ministers office, DC's and Vigilance Commissioners office hoping someone will be read this email and react to this.

As a law abiding and tax-paying citizen, I hope I get fair answers.

Warm regards
Alok Jalali

#Hi
Let me thank you for taking up this issue, life has become hell since the time I shifted my factory in Gurgaon, phase 6,Udyog Vihar, we are in export business and we just can not get our foreign clients in our factory, it is a shame when they come and comment on bad roads, they get so irritated while traveling on these roads, that they don't want to discuss business for some time and we sit with our head down as we are wordless, I read the HUDA Chief Administrators interview in today's HT where he claims there are only 4 roads with problems, I am sure he has not been out on roads.

He says four roads with problems but I am sure its tough to find four well-maintained roads. Maintenance charges, and we pay so much tax can't any body see where it is going.

You are doing a big favour to millions of people by taking up this issue and keep it up.
Regards
Pankaj

# Hi,
In my view, either Gurgaon authorities reimburse road tax collected so far and do not collect any more road tax till roads are well made and maintained, or at the worst do not pay road tax at all till roads are motor able. I hope the concern authorities will wake up to the public call.

KR Menon

# Hi,

Thanks for highlighting the difficulties and woes of residents of this millennium Cyber City (or it should be called Sewer City) ie Gurgaon.

However while going through the reports, one gets the feeling that the press and media are soft treading the another major culprit namely the Developers and Builders who are equally responsible for the miseries of the residents of this city.

These builders committed the following misdeeds

a. Forced the investors to take possession of flats/plots threatening the poor investors with hefty penalties/ security charges without providing the basic infrastructure and in most of the cases the proper Sewage system for the Condominiums.

b. In connivance with politicians and bureaucrats, ensured that sale of Builder's flats was banned. The case is still pending in the High Court.

c. Are still charging the transferor/transferee a hefty charge for transfer of property.

d. Charging service charges (Water etc) on unit owner basis even though they have provided facilities for single unit per plot.

e. Collected hundreds of crores of Rupees for mutation/registration in 2002 from investors. In the mean time govt. announced that they will reduce / rationalise the mutation/registry charges.

Almost all the builder kept the money with them for funding their projects and completed the registration formalities in May/June 2003.

Builders utilised the investor's money without paying interest to either the investor or the depositing the interest in govt. treasury.

This interest amount itself will work out to app. Rs. 100 crores.

I think we should hold this community as much responsible for the problems of this city as the administration.

JK Puri

# Dear Editor,

Greetings!

I was highly impressed the way the Hindustan Times has brought out the issue of bad condition of roads in Gurgaon in Delhi edition of Hindustan Times, dated 25 September, 2008.

I was further surprised to read the answer of Mr TC Gupta, Chief Administrator, HUDA that only four roads in Gurgaon have problems. I would like to ask the Chief Administrator to tell us the name of only four roads in Gurgaon, which are Okay. All the roads in Gurgaon have a very worse condition and this condition is worse than the condition of roads in our Gurgaon villages.

District Administration is to some extent trying to control the traffic of city; but still more police force is required to control the law and order problem as well as the traffic problem in the city.

This Millennium city is at the crashing stage and it needs immediate corrective measures. Gurgaon is generating lot of revenue for the State but still the condition of roads is worse than a 'kuchha' road of a village.

I heartily appreciate the efforts of Hindustan Times.

With regards,
Mohit Malikhi

# I would like to bring to your notice the condition of Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road. The road near Pasco Automobiles is pathetic. It has been closed on one side. This leads to long jam and chaos.

The problem with Gurgaon roads is that there is no drainage system alongside the roads. This causes water logging and results in roads getting broken. First the drainage needs to be built if we have to think of good roads from long-term view.

Regards,
Amit Varshney

#HI,

Finally someone took initiative to write something about Hell called Gurgaon. I'm surprised why media never took notice of this? But its never too late. I appreciate HT for this.
Cheers!!
Rajat Khanna.