<p>Gurgaon, Sector 57: Slums take over, thanks to civic apathy</p>
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Gurgaon, Sector 57: Slums take over, thanks to civic apathy

Despite repeated complaints from the residents, neither HUDA, nor the MCG has taken any steps to remove the illegal constructions that have burgeoned in the area over the last one year.

<p>Gurgaon, Sector 57: Slums take over, thanks to civic apathy</p>

Residents of Sector 57, Gurgaon, have raised concerns over the appearance of a slum on a vacant piece of land in the area. Spread over almost an acre, the place has seen about 200 illegal constructions come up in the past one year.

The societies that have been majorly affected by this development include Harmony Homes, Ansal Florence Residency and The Legend. Sector 56 across the road, too, is bearing the brunt of this.

The residents took up the matter with MCG commissioner, HUDA officials and other concerned authorities, but no good came of it.

A resident, Sushil Singh, said, "A complaint has been registered with HUDA, but no action has been taken so far. More and more encroachments are coming up in the area — and at an alarming speed.”

Another resident, Arvind Kumar, grumbled, “What were the authorities doing when these illegal constructions starting coming up in the first place! The HUDA administration and the MCG have also turned a blind eye to the issue. Even after the MLA’s visit to the site, nothing happened.”

"This once-vacant land belongs to HUDA and the realtor, Ansal Buildwell. It was purchased by the land-acquisition office after providing adequate compensation to the villagers — which they refused to take. By mistake, a portion of the land belonging to the builder was also acquired by the land-acquisition officer. And soon enough, encroachments came up on it. The Town Planning Department needs to act and demolish these squatters,” said additional vice-president of Ansal Buildwell, Ajay Pandita.

“In fact, some of the security guards deployed by the builder are also living in these huts,” explained Rekha Sharma, another resident.

"The civic authorities should bulldoze these illegal slums now — otherwise it will become a full-blown slum colony. Then it will be really tough to remove the settlers," said Sunita Ghildayal, a resident.

“We understand the concern of the residents. We will resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We have already spoken to the developer, and the enforcement wing has been informed," confirmed YM Mansuri, senior town planner.