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Provide bijli, paani first, then plan projects: RWAs

Resident groups threaten agitation, ask govt to impose ban on new housing and expansion plans.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2012 01:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Resident groups have taken up the cudgels against the state government for failing to provide basic amenities like power and water. They are demanding that authorities put brakes on new development projects till existing infrastructure is upgraded.

Various resident organisations and pressure groups are demanding a total ban on plans such as Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Development Complex 2025 and those for Sohna, Pataudi and Farrukhnagar.

Threatening to launch widespread agitations, people claim that the state government has failed to meet elementary demands of Old Gurgaon colonies and posh localities such as DLF City, Sushant Lok, Palam Vihar, South City and Huda sectors.

The situation has hit the rock bottom since the last one month with power shortage also affecting water supply.

Kamlesh Naath, 73, a resident of DLF City (Phase 1), has been spending the last few nights in her daughter’s apartment in Sector 56 which has 100% power back-up.

“DLF City is witnessing power cuts up to 20 hours a day. The lights went off at 8.30pm on Saturday only to be reinstated at 6pm the next day. Officials first told us there was no power supply and later claimed the transformer had developed a snag. Even if there is electricity, it trips more than 20 times a day. Voltage fluctuation is also a problem,” said Naath, a widow.

She added that the state government should impose a blanket ban on new housing and development projects until the needs of existing populations were met. People spend crores for their dream house in the Millennium City and are disgruntled with the fact that though the Haryana government earns 47% of its total revenue from Gurgaon, it does not even spend 10% on civic facilities.

Vivek Sharma, chief executive officer, See Ahead Consulting, said, “The occupancy in all buildings and residential areas is nearly 55-60%. How is the government planning to accommodate more population in the upcoming 58 sectors under the Master Plan 2025. The administration must upgrade existing infrastructure rather than constructing more buildings and societies.”

Huda officials blame population explosion for the situation. “The government had planned infrastructure according to plotted colonies but later group housing schemes came along causing population explosion,” said a senior official, adding that Huda is at present providing infrastructure for an estimated population of 40 lakh.

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