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Gurgaon: Bifurcation of colony a sore point for Palam Vihar residents

Residents say move to divide colony into two wards is clearly an attempt at vote bank politics

gurgaon Updated: Sep 14, 2017 22:54 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
MCG Election 2017,Palam Vihar,Gurgaon
A flyover project meant to decongest the Bajghera railway crossing has been hanging fire.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Residents of Palam Vihar aren’t an upbeat lot in the run-up to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections, as they feel that the bifurcation of the area into wards 2 and 3 could hurt its development prospects in the long run.

The total population of Palam Vihar currently stands around 30,000. It is spread across three sectors (1,2, 3), 11 blocks (A-K) and a separate set of blocks (C1,C2) along the Delhi-Rewari railway line. Unlike previous elections, Ward 2 has been reserved exclusively for women candidates this year.

Residents of the private colony, which has a voter strength of 11,000, had been voicing strident opposition against its bifurcation, as it had been developed by a private builder under a single licence granted by the Haryana government.

As per the territorial realignment post bifurcation, blocks A to F and C1 and C2 have been made part of ward 2. It also features several areas of New Palam Vihar across the railway line, including sectors 110 and 111, apart from Ashok Vihar phase and other areas.

Similarly, blocks G-K of Sector 1, Palam Vihar have been bunched with sectors 21, 22 and 23, apart from other adjoining areas along the Delhi-Haryana border as part of ward 3.

Residents claimed that the bifurcation of the colony is clearly an attempt at vote bank politics, as it is aimed at weakening or hurting the residents’ ability to elect their own candidates in the MCG polls.

“We tried our best to stop the division of Palam Vihar, but failed. We believe that the government does want to pick candidates from urban areas. The government always rues lack of involvement of urban voters during elections and the same is borne out by the voting patterns as well. This is, indeed, the case, as the governent mostly prefer candidates from rural areas during every election,” Sunil Yadav, a resident, said.

The area known as New Palam Vihar has seen a construction boom of late, as a glut of unplanned and unauthorised residential areas have come up, resulting in traffic jams, inadequate electricity supply, apart from a host of civic issues.

Residents of both wards said they have been grappling with water supply crunch and issues pertaining to sewer discharge and disposal in the recent past. They said regular congestion on the main road from Gurgaon to Delhi via Palam Vihar, New Palam Vihar and Bijwasan has also emerged as a major headache.

“The government has failed to decongest the Bajghera Railway crossing by constructing a flyover or underpass. Neither have they taken any initiative to widen the road, parts of which is encroached on,” Sachin Rana, another resident, said.

That the government has failed to make the much-touted Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) operational till date is also a major cause of heartburn for residents. They also rued the administration’s failure in providing basic infrastructure such as sewer lines, water connections and electricity supply among others.

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For the last several years, residents of C 2 Block have been demanding removal of a graveyard located in vicinity of residential areas.

Ravi Bhatia, another resident, said, “The government has failed to remove the graveyard. We do not have community centres to hold social events. This is a big setback for 30,000 people of Palam Vihar.”

Residents of the two wards said that over the last 5-6 years, there has been little in the way of development apart from the mushrooming of unauthorised colonies.

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 22:54 IST