Who will fix this rot? Nobody knows
Civic woes Too many civic agencies are active in Gurgaon, and nobody’s sure who does what. The municipal corporation, planned as a nodal agency, has also failed to make the system more responsive.india Updated: Aug 10, 2009 00:09 IST
Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon was formed last year to coordinate the functioning of Millennium City’s many civic agencies. Thanks to the multiplicity of authorities, residents here had a tough time getting the smallest of their problems solved.
But more than a year since it came into existence, MCG has belied all hopes. The Corporation has not taken up any new civic projects. It has also failed to get the other players, such as Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the private developers to fall in line.
For the last six years, the staff of corporate houses located along Sahraul Road in Sector 18 has been running from one civic agency to another for getting this 2-km road repaired.
When MCG was formed, it was hoped that the road would be repaired soon. However, nothing has moved on the ground.
Till April this year, none of the civic agencies — HUDA, Haryana State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation (HSIIDC) or Public Works Department (PWD) — were ready to own responsibility.
HT had highlighted the poor state of this important road in April. The state’s finance minister and other senior government functionaries had taken note of the problem at the time. It was decided to transfer the road to HUDA. Yet, nothing changed.
MCG was formed by upgrading the then Municipal Council of Gurgaon, and increasing its jurisdiction from 16.7 sq km to 164 sq km, thus bringing private townships, HUDA sectors and 34 villages under its purview. The Panchayat system was dismantled through a notification and funds amounting to Rs 450 crore, meant for the panchayats, were handed over to MCG.
But MCG has disappointed by not taking up any civic projects during the last one year.
It has not released a single water connection so far, as the service remains in the domain of the public health department in old Gurgaon, while HUDA is responsible for its own sectors as well as the private colonies.
All the road repair projects have been confined to the old municipal area while New Gurgaon is still in the hands of HUDA.
To date, residents of privately development townships do not know which government agency or officials to approach in case of a power or water supply breakdown.
They call up either the maintenance agency office set up by their private developers or HUDA, although the latter is only responsible for the sectors developed by it.
RS Rathee, president of DLF Qutub Enclave residents’ welfare association, said, “There is no 24x7 control room for civic needs. If the road outside the swank residential enclaves sinks at 9 pm, the residents have to wait for the concerned agency’s office to open the next morning. There is a strong builder lobby against the formation and functioning of MCG.”