Residents of Gurgaon, Sector 15, located right next to NH 8, connecting Gurgaon and Jaipur, have urged Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to save them from increasing pollution on the stretch.
In a petition submitted to the Chief Minister’s Office and Grievance Committee, residents urged Khattar to order the construction of a 10-foot-high wall adjacent to the highway and to order trees to be planted in the area to cut down on pollution.
Pollution has risen significantly on the stretch not only due to an increased number of vehicles but also due to the construction of several underpasses and flyovers on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway. Residents said a large number of trees had also been chopped for the construction.
There are 677 plots in Sector 15, Part 1, out of which people are living in more than 500, taking the number of families in the area up to 4,000.
A delegation of the residents met Ashwani Sharma, the area councillor of Ward 19, on Saturday and requested him to take up the issue of building a wall adjacent to the highway with the higher authorities.
“We want the civic authorities to build the boundary wall to address the issue of pollution and address our security concerns. Our sector is located alongside the national highway, so we are badly affected," said Ramesh Vashishta, a member of the district grievance committee and the DHVBN grievance committee.
Residents said a number of senior citizens lived in the sector, many of them suffering from asthma, cough and other infections due to the pollution.
“We have been visiting doctors for many months now. Other residents are also regularly complaining of allergies and breathlessness. We have requested the authorities to find a solution at the earliest for us," said Vikas Yadav, a resident of Sector 15, Part 1.
Ashwani Sharma, the ward councillor, told City Spidey, “This is a serious issue and residents have been suffering for a long time. The wall is required and I will ensure trees are also planted. I will even ensure a device is installed, which will control the noise pollution. The problem will be resolved soon."