Gurugram: Deficient infrastructure work in DLF-1 and 2 yet to begin

Ryan M. Cason
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 File photo File photoGURUGRAM: The chief minister had in October ordered the developer of DLF-1, 2 and 3 to complete all pending infrastructure work by December 31 this year so that the long-delayed takeover of these areas by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) could begin.

Road resurfacing work in DLF-1 and 2, however, has not even started till now, even though the ban on construction due to high pollution levels was lifted 10 days ago.

A team of senior officials, including the MCG chief engineer and superintending engineer and a councillor, visited the colonies on Thursday. Before the corporation can take over the colonies, the developer, DLF, is required to complete all pending infrastructure work.

“DLF had requested us that the deadline for completion of pending work be extended due to the construction ban. So, we wanted to check the status of work since the ban has been lifted now. But they have not started the work even 10 days after the ban was lifted. We will now serve a final notice to the builder so that the state government can impose a penalty. The matter will now be placed in the grievance committee meeting in January chaired by the CM for the final decision,” MCG superintending engineer Vivek Gill said.

CM Manohar Lal Khattar in a grievance committee meeting held two months ago had directed DLF to complete all work by December 31. “The pending infrastructure work that the builder has to complete primarily includes resurfacing of roads in G-block of DLF-1 and L and J blocks of DLF-2. They haven’t started work, defying the CM’s order. We will now take this up in an internal meeting with MCG officials and decide on the further course of action,” said Rama Rani Rathee, councillor of ward number 34.

Residents have also been demanding the takeover of DLF colonies so that they can hold a government agency accountable for civic services.

“We are facing a number of issues, which haven’t been addressed properly by the builder. After MCG takes over, we can at least hold the civic body accountable. At present, MCG says that they haven’t taken over the colonies, so they can’t do anything. When we go to the builder, DLF says MCG is responsible for it,” said Dhruv Bansal, spokesperson of Qutub Enclave RWA in DLF-1.

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