Gurugram: No respite from dust pollution, no agency to look to
Gurugram: No respite from dust pollution, no agency to look to
Akanksha Gupta
Gurugram: No respite from dust pollution, no agency to look to
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Gurugram: No respite from dust pollution, no agency to look to

Gurugram: Despite tall claims of the civic authorities, there is no respite for the residents living around Sector 82 and 83 from dust pollution. Dust here is still posing severe health risk to the denizens.

The roads have not been cleaned for the last four years. As a result, a thick layer of sand particles can be found coating both the sides of the road in the locality. Pavements alongside the road and even the green belt have been encroached upon by the vendors. 

The road is riddled with potholes generating dust with vehicular movement. Since the road is used by many to avoid toll, it remains busy all the time.

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Rao Dharamveer Singh, president of Mapsko Casabella RWA, said he moved to the locality in 2016, but has not seen any concerned department ever undertaking the cleaning job.

“We have made complaints to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) as the road here is connected to the Sihi Village and the upkeep of the sector roads is their responsibility,” he argued. 

The residents have demanded mechanised cleaning of the sector roads. Sounding a warning, they say they will no longer suffer in silence while the authorities sit idle doing nothing to ameliorate their grievances.

Abhishek Sharma, executive member of Royal Ville, said, “We have approached all the concerned authorities with our complaint including MCG, Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), local pachayat and even the builder but to no avail. We don’t know whose responsibility it is to maintain the road as everyone passes the buck to other.”

With no help forthcoming from any quarter, the residents, at times, request their own maintenance staff to clean up the road. But since it requires regular cleaning they have to depend upon a civic agency.

Asish Mehta, a RWA member of Mapsko Royal Ville RWA, informed that there is an ongoing land dispute on a patch of land between Mapsko Casabella and Antriksh Heights which has numerous potholes. 
“While we all are suffering from the dust pollution, the residents whose flats face the road bear the brunt as the dust particles accumulate in their balconies. We have stopped sitting on the balconies and do not open the windows,” Mehta lamented.

Meanwhile, the GMDA officials pointed out that they had initiated repair work on the sector road, but could not continue it due to the ongoing construction ban. 

Giving an assurance that they would start repairing the road once the ban is lifted, a GMDA official, however, denied that the responsibility of cleanliness of the roads lies with his agency. He clarified that it’s the responsibility of the MCG or local panchayat.