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Gurgaon: Five-acre vacant Huda plot turns dumping ground, poses health hazard

A market place had been proposed on the vacant Huda plot, but failed to take off

gurgaon Updated: Jul 18, 2017 23:07 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
HUDA,Vacant Land,Sector 22
Taking note of the complaint at the CM’s Window, the Huda sent a sanitation team on Tuesday to remove garbage.(PARVEEN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)

A vacant 5-acre plot belonging to the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) at Sector 22 has turned into a dumping ground, posing a health risk for several families settled nearby. Residents said they posted a complaint at the Chief Minister’s Window, seeking action, but till date, no action has been taken and the dumping of waste on the vacant plot continues unabated.

“I am sorry to say that the Huda has to take the blame for allowing such a big plot to be turned into a dumping ground. The site, which is littered with garbage, is located in the middle of the sector and is surrounded by housing complexes. Fed up with the Huda, we posted a complaint at the CM’s Window,” Bhim Singh, president, residents’ welfare association (RWA), Sector 22-B, said.

Although the Huda earmarked the site for a market in 2004, the project couldn’t take off in 13 years. The plot doesn’t even have a boundary wall, residents said.

Taking note of the complaint at the CM’s Window, the Huda sent a sanitation team on Tuesday to remove garbage.

According to families living close to the plot, residents of nearby villages dump waste on it on a regular basis and the same goes unnoticed by the Huda. The plot is rendered even worse during the rainy season, as the stench from the waste is unbearable for residents. It also turns into an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, posing a health risk for residents.

Residents claimed that the Huda turned a deaf ear to their pleas for having a wall erected around the plot to check dumping of garbage. They said they also urged the authority to take necessary measures to ensure that the plot isn’t encroached on till the proposed market is developed, but no action was taken.

Sachin Thakral, a nearby resident, said, “My house is close to the plot. We are bearing the brunt of the stench from the garbage and mosquito breeding. We wake up every morning to see garbage piling up on the plot and stray pigs and dogs feeding on them.”

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The Huda developed the sector nearly two decades ago.

“It is highly surprising that while the state government is promoting Swachh Haryana (Clean Haryana), such brazen and unauthorised dumping of garbage is being allowed on government land. In fact, I doubt if the goal could ever be achieved. The plot has turned into an eyesore and we are exposed to health hazards. How can the Huda continue to ignore this? We wish the government would soon take note of our plight and do what’s needed to be done,” Shweta Mitra, another resident, said.

Sanjiv Singla, estate officer-1,Huda, said, “I will inspect the site and initiate action. I’m not aware of the issue and have sought details on the site.”

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 23:06 IST