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Yuvi bats for Gurgaon

Residents of the upscale DLF city, led by cricketer Yuvraj Singh, staged a demonstration near a garbage dump on the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road. A report by Sanjeev K Ahuja.

india Updated: Sep 23, 2008 16:29 IST
Sanjeev K. Ahuja

Residents of the upscale DLF city, led by cricketer Yuvraj Singh, staged a demonstration on Monday near a garbage dump on the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road.

They shouted slogans against the apathy of the district administration and the civic agencies.

Christened by the DLF City residents as ‘Kachra Chowk’ on Monday, the dump is spread over 60 acres. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and Gurgaon Municipal Corporation (GMC) contractors dump about 325 tonne of garbage every day in the area.

Yuvraj Singh, who is a resident of DLF City, said, “Garbage dumping is illegal and should be stopped immediately to protect the health of the people living in the area.”

While inaugurating the newly named chowk, Dev Chopra, a senior resident, said, “I congratulate the protesters.” Around 300 people signed a letter that read: “We are participating in this peaceful protest rally to request you to immediately stop dumping the huge quantities of untreated garbage… The dump is affecting the health of our children and our peace of mind.”

Dr Aniruddha Deshpande, historian and teacher of Delhi University, told media persons that garbage dumping is illegal. “HUDA and GMC are directly involved in this illegal act. The government and the developers had taken huge sums of money for external development charges, which was not put to use.”