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Gurgaon: Residents pin their hopes on civic body for better services

Residents of Gurgaon’s upscale private colonies say that the proposed transfer to the MCG would ensure basic amenities and proper maintenance

gurgaon Updated: Apr 20, 2017 22:02 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times
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This broken road in block U of DLF Phase 3 testifies to the lack of maintenance of the private residential colony.(File photo)

Captain Dev Guru Amit shifted his residence in DLF Phase 3 last year owing to a sewage overflow issue that was not redressed by the developer.

While Amit found a fix by relocating, many others residing in DLF phases 1, 2, 3, Sushant Lok Phase 1 and Palam Vihar are dealing with broken roads, clogged drains, garbage piles and water scarcity every day.

They are looking forward to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) taking over maintenance from private developers next month and are hopeful for better services.

“Private firms are driven by profits and maintenance is not their priority. Hence, the amenities are in a pitiable state. Any change is welcome and I am hoping MCG will offer better services than what is there currently,” Vanisha Reddy, a resident of Sushant Lok Phase 1, said.

In many areas such as DLF Phase 2, lack of a proper drainage system means that water will seep into houses during monsoon.

Varun Bansal, broke his foot last year after he slipped in a pool of water that had accumulated inside his residence. Left with no choice, he was forced to build a three-foot cement embankment outside his residence to check the flow of water.

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“I approached the DLF authorities on several occasions to clean the drains in DLF Phase 2 but my efforts were futile. I am hopeful that once the takeover is complete, the MCG will fix the problem and ensure that we get the facilities that we pay maintenance charges for,” Varun said.

For Meena Yadav, a Palam Vihar resident, the transfer has evoked hopes that the water pipeline will be realigned to ensure that there is no disruption in water supply.

“We rely on water tankers each summer as the overhead pipelines have breaches owing to water theft and that leads to diminished supply in our area. Despite repeated requests to Ansal, pipelines were not taken underground. With the MCG’s taking over, I am certain it will act on the matter and shift the pipelines,” Yadav said.

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 22:02 IST