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Residents of Laxman Vihar lay siege to MCG office

A group of nearly 100 residents of Laxman Vihar in Old Gurgaon staged an hour-long demonstration outside the MCG commissioner’s office at Civil Lines on Wednesday.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2012 01:12 AM IST

A group of nearly 100 residents of Laxman Vihar in Old Gurgaon staged an hour-long demonstration outside the MCG commissioner’s office at Civil Lines on Wednesday.

The protesters, including women, shouted slogans and demanded immediate restoration of the water supply in their areas.

Laxman Vihar is the only area under the MCG’s jurisdiction that does not get its supply from the public health department. The department supplies water to MCG areas.

The demonstrators blocked the MCG office gate for more than one hour.

Later, Sudhir Rajpal, commissioner, held discussions with representatives of the protesters. The agitated residents said they would intensify their protest if no action is taken.

“He has assured us that water pipelines will be laid in Laxman Vihar and also that he will monitor the work personally,” said Mangat Ram Bagri, area councillor, who led the protest.

“I will look into the issue as to why the work is not complete so far,” said the commissioner.

Though Laxman Vihar came up about 20 years ago, it was only three years ago that the MCG had started laying water pipelines. However, only 10% of the work has been completed, forcing the 20,000-odd residents to drink untreated groundwater drawn from borewells.

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