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Gurgaon: Deficiency assessment report of DLF Phase 3 exposes civic flaws

The deficiency report has listed unauthorised construction, substandard roads, rising cases of mosquito borne diseases and lack of basic amenities

gurgaon Updated: Sep 18, 2017 23:06 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times
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A damaged road in block U of DLF Phase 3.(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)

With the city gearing up for the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections, the maintenance of privately developed areas that are due to be transferred to the civic body has emerged as a major issue, with some residents threatening to abstain from voting owing to the delay in the transfer process.

In the backdrop of this issue, findings of a deficiency assessment report, which a prerequisite to the MCG’s takeover of private colonies, has brought out glaring civic deficiencies that residents of DLF Phase 3 have been grappling with.

Built in 1984 and spread across 467 acres, civic issues in DLF Phase 3 are far too many to ignore.

The deficiency assessment report has listed widespread unauthorised construction, substandard roads, rising cases of mosquito borne diseases and lack of basic amenities among the major drawbacks in the area.

According to the report prepared by KYC consultants at the behest of MCG, such is the extent of damage on roads in certain areas that they have been deemed non motorable.

In addition, road signages are absent and needs to be repainted in some areas. The report also points out the need to construct speed breakers at certain high speed areas to reduce risks of road accidents.

A major issue in DLF Phase 3 is the unauthorised construction in residential areas. Residents said the majority of the unauthorised structures came up after leading MNC’s and corporates started setting up base in nearby CyberHub.

As a sizeable contingent of young professionals came to settle in the city, PG (paying guest) and rented accommodations started mushrooming offering them stay at affordable rates. The number of people staying in unauthorised buildings has only grown over time.

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“Provision of basic amenities such as water and electricity was more than substantial in the locality in the early 2000’s. Once companies started opening offices in CyberHub, a large number of illegal houses sprang up to accommodate the growing influx of professionals,” Shradha Kumar, a resident of DLF Phase 3, said.

This issue features prominently in the assessment report as well.

“EWS (economically weaker sections) plots have more floors than permissible, up to seven storeys (sic),” says an excerpt from the report.

“...large number of unauthorized construction has been observed,” the report adds.

In February 2016, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced that DLF Phase 3 was one of the original five localities (along with DLF Phase 2 and 3, Sushant Lok Phase 1 and Palam Vihar) that are to be transferred to the MCG. Suncity, South City 1 and 2 were added to the list earlier this year.

According to MCG officials, once the report is submitted to the private developer and residents’ welfare associations, a period of 15 days will be given to both for posting their feedback or suggestions to the MCG.

“Based on the feedback, a final deficiency assessment report will be compiled following which the developer will be given an option to fix the deficiencies within six months or put the onus on the MCG after paying a lump sum to do what’s needed to be done,” SS Rohilla, spokesperson, MCG, said.

Till the filing of this report, thye DLF officials had been given a short notice to comment on the report, but refused.

What ails DLF Phase 3

Roads are badly damaged in certain areas.

Road signages absent in many areas

Speed brakers need to be installed

Large number of unauthorised construction

Buildings raised on EWS plots have more floors than are permissible

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 23:06 IST