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Ward 25: Ten years of wait and no development

Ward 25 residents continue to grapple with potholed roads and inadequate power and water supply

gurgaon Updated: Sep 19, 2017 22:54 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
No Development in ward 25,new Developing sectors,Sector 69
Pigs feast on sewage spill at Sector 67 in ward 25.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

It has been a decade since a clutch of new sectors — 67 to 107 — came to be developed by the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) and residents continue to grapple with a host of civic problems, topping which are potholed, broken roads and irregular and inadequate water and electricity supply.

Residents in these sectors have been writing to the Huda and the Haryana government urging immediate steps to ensure provision of basic civic amenities and ensure proper connectivity between these sectors and the main city and administrative buildings, bus stand and the Metro.

Long consigned to living in neglect, the residents have set their hopes of a turnaround on the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections scheduled on September 24. Apart from the MCG, residents are also counting on the Huda to finally deliver on the amenities long desired by them.

Residents said they are waiting on the Huda to build both internal and external sector roads, as the roads currently are in a pathetic state and riddled with potholes. They have also urged the MCG to show more urgency in ensuring proper civic maintenance of these sectors.

Sectors 66 to 76, including Badshahpur, Darbaripur and Rambir ki Dhani, all come under ward 25 of the MCG. The ward has as approximate voter strength of 12,483.

“Lack of last-mile connectivity is a major issue for residents in this ward. A large number of people here travel to Delhi NCR and use the Metro to reach their destinations. However, in the absence of last-mile connectivity, we often have to board buses or shared auto-rickshaws to reach the nearest Metro station. We often face hassles reaching the Metro station. We have read news reports that the MCG is planning launch 100 buses to boost the city’s transport, but have no clue when this is going to happen,” said Bhavesh Swami, a resident of Ansal Esencia, Sector 67.

Sector 82 residents said they want a candidate who will address the issues they have been grappling with on account of poor drainage and excessive waterlogging during the monsoon. They said sewer lines in these sectors are not connected and the same results in poor sewage discharge, spillage and waterlogging. They said despite repeated complaints, no action has been taken by the authorities.

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Ajay Sharma, a resident of Sector 69, said, “A few candidates for the MCG elections are simply resorting to caste politics in the hope of a win. I would cast my vote to a candidate who I feel is capable of addressing the issues that people in housing societies have been grappling with. We invested our hard-earned money in the housing projects here, but haven’t seen an iota of development since the time we moved here. The MCG has been levying house tax since 2010, though we got possession of our flats in 2013. The MCG is simply blind to our needs.”

The stretch of Golf Course Extension Road, from sectors 62 to 65, is in a bad shape, as the roads are riddled with potholes and there are not enough streetlights. They said there is heavy traffic on the road, which is already in poor state. Snarls are reported regularly on the road.

“We are looking for candidates who understand the basic needs of people. We need safety security and roads. We want a councillor who will follow up with the authorities & politicians and have our problems resolved. We want the councillor to be proactive and resourceful. Several candidates in fray do not inspire confidence,” Vikas Ranjan, a resident of Tulip Orange, said.

Residents of Sector 70 alleged that despite paying the external development charges (EDS) and other fees, they are still waiting for roads to be built. They said the only approach road that leads to our society is in poor condition and it is very difficult to cross the stretch in the event of an emergency. They said it takes almost an hour to reach the main road.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 22:53 IST