It’s been almost four years since the residents of Ireo Uptown, a condominium in Gurugram’s Sector 66, took possession of their houses along with an assurance from the builder that the work on the road connecting their society to the main road will be completed soon.
That promise is yet to be fulfilled. For the past four years, the residents have been dependent on a 16-feet revenue road to access the main road. The road is so narrow, claim the residents, that management of several schools refuse to ply their buses till the society gate.
“When we were sold these flats, we were promised three access roads to connect to the main road. Later, that number came down to two. But now, even one doesn’t look possible in the near future,” said Pranav Kumar, president of RWA at Ireo.
As a rule, the builder has to provide a 24-metre wide road along with their society but that didn’t happen in our case, explained Kumar. “The road that we are using right now is so narrow that only one bus or a truck can drive through at one time. Two vehicles can’t drive down at the same time. What if there is an emergency? How will firefighting trucks access the society?” questioned Kumar.
The residents say they have been pursuing the matter for long with the builder but nothing has happened till now. “Not only the builder, we have knocked on the doors of several authorities but no solution has come so far. The point is how come our builder managed to get an occupation certificate (OC) if there was no connecting road for the residents. This is against the law,” added Kumar.
In the absence of a connecting road, the worst affected are schoolchildren and their parents. “We shifted here about three years back and didn’t know about this problem. Despite several requests, my daughter’s school authorities don’t let their buses enter this narrow road. I daily travel to a nearby society to pick up my kid and end up spending more Rs 200 daily on taxis,” said a resident.
Meanwhile, the residents also complained of illegal settlements in the locality. “Every now and then, some illegal hutments come up next to the approach road adding to the mess. Not only it leads to traffic jams but also makes the entire road unsafe,” said Kumar.
Sector 66 is a relatively new area in Gurugram but one that is seeing the highest real estate development. The area is home to condominiums such as Bestech Park View Spa Next, BPTP Park Prime, M3M Golf Estate, Ireo Victory Valley and Ireo Uptown. There are about 600 families living at Ireo Uptown.
Ireo officials could not be contacted for comment on the matter despite repeated attempts.