Metro train, high-speed rail fails to tempt Gurugram residents, seen as pre-poll noise
Many Gurugram residents took to Twitter on Saturday to vent their anger over pending projects, including the Dwarka Expressway, which has been delayed by eight years.gurgaon Updated: Jun 17, 2018 09:30 IST
The state cabinet’s approval to expand the Metro network from the Huda City Centre Metro station to Gurugram railway station and the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project, have failed to enthuse residents. In fact, many residents took to Twitter on Saturday to vent their anger over pending projects, including the Dwarka Expressway, which has been delayed by eight years.
The common sentiment in all reactions was that residents want on-ground implementation and completion of projects.
“The government makes so many announcements, but they all remain on paper. We want the work to happen on the ground. I have compiled a list of statements (by ministers) over the last two years where the words used are different, but the projects they speak of are the same. Nothing is moving except for files,” said resident Prakhar Sahai, who has been keenly awaiting the completion of the Dwarka Expressway.
Sahai’s list includes delay in shifting the Kherki Daula toll plaza; an alternative road to Kherki Daula, which is incomplete; Metro connectivity from HUDA City Centre to Dwarka Sector 21 which is now in a limbo; the U-turn on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway; and a major project launched by the MCG to expand and modernise the Old Delhi-Gurgaon road, which is progressing at a very slow pace.
Friday’s announcement also got a strong reaction on the social media, where people criticised the state’s leadership. Some of them also pointed out that as the state is getting close to the election year (2019), politicians have started “making the right noises, but are not mentioning timelines and deliverables”.
“The election time will be here soon and a lot of such announcements will be made. Soon, the government will promise the stars, but they have not even been able to install streetlights in New Gururgam sectors,” resident Anurag Awasthi wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Another resident questioned the timeline of these projects and why the government had failed to build even a 1km Metro network in the last year.
A few homebuyers were also critical of Friday’s announcement saying that the RERA has failed to live up to their expectations. “The H-RERA was supposed to bring relief to homebuyers, but it seems to have had no effect,” Sanjeev Singh said, adding that the government’s promise on no power cuts has also failed. “We pay highest tariff for quality service,” he said.
Residents said that there was clearly a trust deficit between them and the government, and unless the promises made are delivered, there was little for the people to look forward to in the new announcements.
When apprised of people’s sentiment, Gurugram MP Rao Inderjit Singh blamed the delays in Dwarka Expressway and other infrastructure projects to “past legacy”. “There were too many legal issues and complexities, but these have been resolved (in Dwarka Expressway). The underpasses and flyovers at Rajiv Chowk, Signature Tower and Iffco Chowk have come up and so has the flyover on Rana Pratap Chowk. Kherki Daula toll shift was on the cards, but locals approached the NGT and this has slowed things. These are large projects and will take time, but we will deliver them,” Singh said.
First Published: Jun 17, 2018 09:29 IST