The residents of Palam Vihar in Gurgaon have decided to elect two representatives for each of the 12 blocks of their residents’ forum. These representatives will keep a check on encroachment of open green spaces and also manage the civic maintenance of the colony.
On September 9, the Town and Country Planning Department had directed the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) to take over Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok 1 colonies with “immediate effect”. Today, the residents held a meeting to decide on their steps ahead.
On September 23, the residents had started a movement to stop rampant encroachment of green and open areas in the locality.
“Now, the MCG is taking over the civic maintenance of Palam Vihar and we are concerned about the maintenance of electricity (infrastructure), sewage, roads, garbage collection and disposal, and drinking water,” said Rashmi Aggarwal, a resident.
The residents, in a meeting on Sunday, had decided that the two elected representatives from each block will audit and compile a list of civic deficiencies and amenities as marked in the layout plan of Palam Vihar. The colony was developed by Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd. (APIL) in 1985.
These representatives will report to the core committee of the Palam Vihar Residents’ Forum, which is trying to get GPS mapping done of the entire colony.
“We are in the process of getting details of all earmarked sites meant for schools, nursing homes, crèches, hospitals, dispensary sites and community centre,” said Bela Shelat, a core committee member.
Lately, the residents have found that green belts and vacant sites in the locality are being sold and converted for purposes other than what they were earmarked for in the layout plan.
Ashutosh Shelat, another core committee member, had filed a petition in a local court in August against APIL on the matter.
“Encroachments have become rampant in the colony. About 1,000 square metres of green belt along the natural drain in E Block is being used for building construction. The hearing for the same is on November 1,” Shelat said.
When City Spidey tried to contact APIL officials, the calls went unanswered.