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Residents pool money to build, repair roads in South City-1

The residents of South City-2 had earlier repaired internal roads with their own money after the developer refused to heed their appeal to repair roads for the past five to seven years.

gurgaon Updated: Oct 28, 2017 22:24 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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South City-1 residents started building and repairing internal roads three days ago.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

After getting no help from the developer and the administration, the residents of South City-I finally decided to build, repair and fix internal roads on their own and the work began three days ago.

The residents of South City-2 had earlier repaired internal roads with their own money after the developer refused to heed their appeal to repair roads for the past five to seven years.

Chandra Mohan Gupta, president of the residents’ welfare association (RWA), South City-1, said, “We approached town planning department several times seeking its help in getting the developer (Unitech Limited) to repair colony roads but the officials turned down our appeals. We held a meeting of residents and everyone agreed to share the cost of road repair, thereby allowing the association to initiate the work.”

RS Bhat, district town planner (DTP), Gurgaon, said, “Residents in other areas also have done the same thing, as they were finding it uncomfortable to live with potholed roads. Private areas are in the process of being transferred from developers to local bodies.”

“This is good effort on their part, we appreciate it. Beyond that, we cannot comment anything more,” said a Unitech spokesperson.

The RWA informed residents that each household would have to contribute about Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. The amount could be more, depending plot sizes and locations.

“Every household happily agreed to the proposal and contributed money and we hired a private contractor. The work started three days ago. So far, nearly 1.5km road has been repaired. We have made a rough estimate of 5-6km of road — both 18 metre and 10 metre wide — that we need to repair,” the RWA president said.

PS Dadwal, a resident, said, “This is great initiative by the RWA. We are fed up with the developer who in past six to seven years has ignored our requests to fix the problem.”

South City was developed by Unitech Limited two decades ago and the conditions of roads went from bad to worse over the years. The colony is yet to be transferred to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) for civic maintenance.

“The MCG refused to help us in fixing the roads since the colony has not been transferred to it. The DTP has failed to help us. So we decided to do this on our own,” said Mukesh Sharma, resident, South City-1.

“The MCG cannot extend any help in this regard as the area is not under its jurisdiction,” said Dr Narhari Bangar, additional commissioner, MCG.