Entry/exit gates in various areas of the city that are supposed to act as a barrier between residents and crime have actually turned into a menace. While few such gates function as per fixed timing, some remain permanently closed.
Manpreet Kaur, who works at a call centre, said, “I am compelled to take a longer route as the gate which cuts my distance short remains closed. I helplessly bear the brunt.”
Taking a serious note of the problem that residents have been facing in various localities of Gurgaon, deputy commissioner (DC) PC Meena has taken up the issue with various residents' welfare associations (RWAs).
The DC has been apprised that most of the independent localities have installed gates that have been obstructing free movement of pedestrians. In many societies, there are separate gates for entry and exit.
Residents have told the DC that in most localities, gates are closed at 11pm, until 5.30am. Moreover, no timing is mentioned at all on some gates and that causes a lot of trouble to commuters and pedestrians alike.
Purva Kaushal, another resident, said, “If I find a certain route shorter and I would be asked to take a longer route, I would indeed feel harassed. But, unfortunately, it is happening and there is nobody to keep a tab. Despite these gates, theft and snatching cases are increasing.”
“It simply means that these gates are meant to harass a common man and acts as no hindrance for any criminal,” he added. Expressing his views on the issue, Meena said, “Although I think it is important for safety but residents definitely should not face any problem because of gates.” “Amid rising number of complaints, I will issue fresh instructions to remind RWAs to comply with the guidelines strictly. It is their duty to keep a check on guards. It is must to have a guard at both entry and exit points and they should be vigilant during night so that residents do not face problems. Moreover, no gate can remain closed throughout the day.”