Gurgaon Administration – An Unsolved Mystery!

In my 12+ years in Gurgaon, I’ve seen the city landscape change dramatically but its inherent problems have continued to exist. They haven’t been addressed cohesively in all these years, and where we’re fortunate in seeing any corrections taking place, they appear so ad hoc that we wonder if any long-term planning is going into making of the city.

The biggest issue appears to be an ambiguity about the actual administering authority in the city. For all these years, most of us have believed it to be HUDA* but do we trust its planning or find its departments accessible or see it acting on the most basic of the city infrastructure in an organised and timely manner? No.

Two months ago, we came across a report about a newly formed Gurgaon Municipal Corporation but it conveyed a lack of clarity on the timeframe for the body to get its teeth. I’ve scanned the Net and found a website of the Gurgaon Municipal Council but am unsure if this is indeed the newly formed Corporation or an old defunct body. I’ve written to them asking their mandate so some of us can know where to go for problems. I hope there would be a response.

Additionally, what intrigues the likes of me about Gurgaon is the totally biased media coverage on the city’s glitz quotient. It overlooks the fact that the city roads are still unnamed, poorly planned and badly constructed; that the road construction projects, where started, do not finish for several months; that there is no consistent signage here; that the city’s sewage system stinks (pun unintended); that public places do not have adequate planned parking areas, and vacant plots are hurriedly and haphazardly prepared under pressure to somehow provide some space to the city’s burgeoning vehicles; that HUDA sector parks do not look cared for; that community centre and school buildings remain unused and their state degenerates due to neglect; that street lights do not remain on or are still to be installed on half-made roads; that the city is mostly a no-power-zone where private developers haven’t provided power back-ups; and as my earlier posts attempt to convey, there is no usable public transport system to speak of. Of course there have been a few stray reports of this kind that summarise the situation more eloquently than my efforts, and where manageable, I write and thank them for such responsible reporting.

So…my questions to HUDA/GMC* and other authorities are – Is it ever going to change for us for good? Should we keep dreaming of a bright future or reconcile to a nightmarish present?

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*Acronyms used: HUDA – Haryana Urban Development Authority; GMC – Gurgaon Municipal Corporation

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