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Residents dislike carbon footprint

Use of personal vehicles and poor building designs contribute to the mass of green house gas, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja.

delhi Updated: Jun 13, 2007 10:08 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Residents of Jalwayu Towers in sector 56 are concerned about the alarming rise in carbon footprint (carbon dioxide in the atmosphere). Aware that the increased use of personal vehicles — in the absence of a strong public transport system — is contributing to the mass of green house gas, they have drawn the administration’s attention towards poor connectivity and infrastructure.

Jalwayu Towers, home to about 5,000 people, used the HT Interacts platform to highlight the need for corporate social responsibility and pedestrian safety on the Gurgaon-Delhi expressway.

Harwinder, who works for an MNC, said residents would like to minimise the impact of global warming by using public transport facilities, which are almost non-existent in Gurgaon.

Another resident said, “I feel the government could have provided sufficient intra- and inter-city public transport facilities in Gurgaon to discourage the use of personal cars. The absence of an effective public transport system is adding to the green house gas. The bus frequency from sector 56 to other parts of the city is minimal. It is not sufficient to cater to the needs of the people here.”

A. Ghai, a resident, said: “What to talk of commutation within the city, we do not have direct bus service to the railway stations or bus stands in Delhi.”

Nimish Gupta, a civil engineer, said most ill-designed, swanky-looking sky-scrapers in Gurgaon are contributing to carbon footprint. “The majority of commercial buildings have high carbon footprint owing to indiscriminate use of glass. Instead of double glaze glasses, these buildings use single glaze that traps the heat inside. And that again requires air-conditioning and more power,” he said.

Poor condition of roads

Nimish said, “The road in front of our apartment was constructed after three years of haggling. It has already become bumpy. The contract for road constructions are awarded just before the start of the monsoon, and after rains, all the roads develop potholes. It’s the same story every year.”

Power, water woes

RP Paliwal, president, Jalwayu Towers Residents’ Welfare Association, said: "Residents are faced with poor power supply and a weak transmission system. Even if power is restored after long and unscheduled cuts, it trips again due to the overloaded feeder system. As a result, people have to resort to alternate power generators that adds to air and noise pollution.”

Paliwal said residents are not happy with the water supply too. “We are getting only 25 per cent of the total requirement of the locality from the Haryana Urban Development Authority water works,” he said.

Pedestrian safety

Sushmit Mukherjee, a resident, said, “In the past few months, many pedestrians have lost their lives while crossing the unmanned Delhi-Gurgaon expressway. The authorities must ensure pedestrian safety by deploying adequate number of security personnel on the expressway. We also need an effective feeder system for the Metro stations that will come up in Gurgaon by 2010.”

Snail mail

BS Gulia, a resident, said: “We need a full-fledged post office for sector 56 and surrounding areas. The postman deposits the mails in a complex here, and people have to come down to collect their mails. Some times, mails are delayed by over 20 days.”

Absence of good institutes

Varsha Sahrawat, a student, lamented that Gurgaon does not have good colleges or institutes, unlike Delhi.