Gurgaon, Sector 57: How the slums continue to thrive
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Gurgaon, Sector 57: How the slums continue to thrive

More than 200 illegal slums have come up in the area in the past three years, despite an order to act against them.

Gurgaon, Sector 57: How the slums continue to thrive

Residents of Sector 57, Gurgaon, have expressed anguish over the fact that more than 200 illegal slums have come up in their area in the past three years. This, despite an administrative order to act against all unauthorised structures and jhuggis.

Despite orders from Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the grievance committee of the Haryana government and senior town planners to crack down on illegal slums, the district town planner (DTP) has been playing the waiting game.

“Not only are the orders not being followed, but a large number of illegal structures are coming up across the city. This clearly highlights the apathy of the authorities. Even the local MLA has asked for action — and yet the officials are not willing to act,” complained Joginder Singh, former RWA president of Sushant Lok II.

Local MLA Tejpal Tanwar said, “I have raised this issue several times, but the authorities seem to be dragging their feet on the matter.”

The area connecting blocks F, G and B is still waterlogged, raising health risks for residents. Despite repeated requests, the sewage run-off has not been drained out. The slum dwellers often draw water and electricity illegally, leaving the sewage covers open for laying cables.

“After receiving orders from the senior town planner, we disconnected the water and power supply to the jhuggis on March 8, with some help from the local police,” confirmed additional vice-president of Ansal Buildwell, Ajay Pandita.

Senior town planner YM Mansuri has already given orders to the enforcement wing to take immediate action. DTP officials have assured residents of action in April.

Rajinder Sharma from the enforcement wing of DTP said, “We are understaffed at the moment. We have received the orders, and will demolish the slums in the first week of April.”