Deprived of basic amenities for the past seven years, residents of Saraswati Kunj, a co-operative society at Golf Course Road, saw a ray of hope when the Punjab and Haryana High Court took up the matter on Saturday and issued a notice to the Haryana government, Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, Municipal Corporation and other concerned authorities.
In the notice, the court directed all the aforementioned authorities to submit a reply before January 8, 2020.
More than 300 families of the society are deprived of their basic right to water, power and sewerage facilities for the last seven years. When no help was forthcoming from the government or any of its agencies, they had no option but to knock the door of the high court.
The residents alleged that despite paying all kinds of taxes to the concerned authorities, they are denied the basic amenities such as water, sewer and electricity connection.
“Despite taking several representations to the local leaders, ministers and concerned officials of various agencies, no action has been taken to emiliorate our grievances. Fed up of their lackadaisical attitude towards our demands, we approached the high court to seek some relief,” said Kalyan Singh, president of the RWA.
According to the residents, the colony does not have a proper access to piped water or permanent electricity connection and hence they are forced to shell out extra money to spend on private water tankers to meet their daily requirement.
“We have developed our own electricity infrastructure and got the temporary electricity connection from Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHVBN) consequently making ourselves liable to pay the electricity charge at Rs 12 per unit instead of Rs 6 per unit applicable for domestic use,” lamented Singh .
Appearing for the residents, Pradeep Rapria argued before the HC and said, “Water, electricity and sewage connection are an integral part of the Right to Life within the meaning of Article 21 of the Constitution of India calls for immediate action.”