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Inadequate security, water supply, stray animals make living tough for residents

The residents of Sushant Lok-1, a private colony that has come up over the past two decades, say that they have been facing serious civic problems from the past four years due to lack of maintenance in the area.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2013 02:31 AM IST

The residents of Sushant Lok-1, a private colony that has come up over the past two decades, say that they have been facing serious civic problems from the past four years due to lack of maintenance in the area.

The key issues that the residents have raised are lack of necessary maintenance and security measures, inadequate power and water supply and stray animal menace.

The residents have claimed that the builder, Ansal Properties & Infrastructure Limited (APIL), has not paid dues to the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) due to which the private colony does not have a 66KV sub-station.

"A place was earmarked for the sub-station. We later received information that the power sub-station would not come up if the builder did not pay the requisite amount to the power discom," said Shyam Soni, president, resident welfare association (RWA), Sushant Lok-1.

Ajay Sharma, vice-president, security and maintenance, APIL, said, "The developer is trying its best to work on the situation. It has written to the government regarding the external development charges, but has not received a written response."

Another key complaint of the residents is the ineffective maintenance of the colony by PROFAC, the agency in-charge of maintaining the private colony.

"The agency is not working on the routine maintenance. They have increased the charges but maintenance in the locality has gone from bad to worse," said Soni.

The residents stated that the community parks in the colony were in a deplorable state until two years ago, following which they collected money for their upgrade.

"We collected money for the maintenance of parks and even laid tracks. Now, the agency has washed its hands of the work," said PN Singh, another RWA member.

The private colony is also deprived of adequate security. Due to safety threats, senior citizens and children have also restricted their movement. Women are scared to take a walk as youngsters pass lewd remarks at them or harass them.

"Security arrangements in the area is inadequate. A car with an anti-theft system was stolen recently. Cars are regularly smashed and stolen. Incidents of chain snatching and eve-teasing have also increased," said Suresh Kumar, a resident of C-block.

“There have been incidents of eve-teasing and chain snatching in the area. Three to four cars h have been damaged recently. A few days ago, some people threw beer bottles on the compound of my house. We have taken the matter up with the authorities concerned, but in vain,” said Vasudha Bakaya, a resident of C block.

Meanwhile, Gautam Parti, managing director (services), PROFAC, claimed that the agency had provided adequate services, but some of these had been cut short as some residents had not paid the maintenance charges.

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