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For the past five years, I have been living in Gurgaon along with my family.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 20, 2012 00:14 IST
Hindustan Times

For the past five years, I have been living in Gurgaon along with my family.

We came here from Delhi to experience the so-called ‘life in Millennium City’. However, the hype has only led to disappointment till now.

My office is located in Udyog Vihar, merely 3km away from my home.

But, it takes me a minimum 20 to 25 minutes to get there. Congested roads, narrow lanes and dangerous driving make me weary of driving in the city.
There is no dearth of potholes and most roads are uneven.

It is apparent that the contractor who build these roads has compromised on the quality of materials.

At home, power and water are a perennial problem. We pay extra to ensure a round-the-clock supply of bare essentials. Similarly, safety and security has been a prime concern and the complaint seems to get longer by the day.

I do not want to simply lodge complaints but want the administration to involve residents and develop schemes through exchange of ideas on a regular basis.

As a citizen, it's my right to complain about shoddy facilities, but working towards a good administration is always the better way to solve problems.

In Delhi, the Bhagidari system and several other forums involve senior citizen and women to help make the surroundings better.

The Gurgaon administration needs to do something similar.

-Harjinder Kaur

The writer is an entrepreneur and a member of the governing body, ladies wing, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci). She is a resident of Gurgaon One Apartments, near Kapashera.

First Published: Aug 20, 2012 00:13 IST