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14-20 November 2014

RNI No. HARENG/2011/39319, Postal Regn. No. GRG/35/2012-2014

Vol. 4 No. 13  Pages 16  ` 10

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }

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fter serving as a fiefdom of the builders and bureaucrats for the last decade, Gurgaon is eagerly waiting for redemption. The City wants an end to the political indifference, bureaucratic apathy and lack of development. The City is hoping that the new BJP government will soon deliver. However, on the way forward there are two schools of thought; both want change to happen, but in their different ways. Both are working on the same objective, of how to reduce the financial and political over-dependence on Chandigarh, and on how to get things done efficiently and effectively with the City’s own funds. However, experts suggest that unless the feudal and parochial mindset undergoes a change, there can be no renaissance in the State or in the City. Civil society activists and political watchers ascribe the civic and governance failure of Gurgaon to primarily the lack of local decision making power. Almost every proposal needs to be 'requested for approval' from Chandigarh. In such a scenario, some key people in Gurgaon, and surprisingly

In GDA We Trust? even the politicians, believe that the setting up of a Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA), on the lines of the NOIDA model of governance, is the need of the hour. The proponents of GDA want an overarching authority, headed by a CEO (like NOIDA), to be appointed, and given all the civic and social responsibilities for the City. This will be an executive Authority that will be manned by the ‘right’ bureaucrats. However, there are strong critics of the idea of GDA in Gurgaon itself, and they include a number of civil society activists, municipal councillors and urban government experts. Their argument is that an agency like GDA will continue to be headed by a bureaucrat, and will be answerable to a bureaucrat, who will finally report to the Chief Minister. The GDA, for them, is nothing more than an improvised version of a combination of HUDA (Haryana Urban Development Authority) and DTCP (Department of Town & Coun-

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try Planning), with all levers still in the hands of bureaucrats – and no accountability to the people. They thus prefer and recommend the greater empowerment and the corporatisation of the MCG (Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon), and want it headed by an elected and accountable Mayor; they believe that this would be a far more effective mechanism to help deliver the goods. It seems, broadly, that the civil society in Gurgaon backs the MCG model, while the po-

litical class more or less favours the setting up of a GDA. Some of the corporate citizens also have a preference for a GDA, and opine that the civic administration should move towards a corporate governance structure. Unfortunately, most of the citizens don’t seem to have a clue about this debate or issue. Ramesh Menon, a consultant, says that the management of the City through the Municipal Corporation model hasn't worked, owing largely to two factors: the City has grown much faster than the expectations, and there

Our Special Officer { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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urgaon has suffered greatly in the last one decade mainly because of the indifference of the Congress government, which seemed more interested to develop only certain areas in the State. The failure of the local elected representatives to put up a fight on behalf of the people also played an important part in the sidelining of Gurgaon and Southern Haryana. However, the decision to (switch sides and) go wholeheartedly with the BJP has reaped rich dividends for the politicians of this area. The BJP has rewarded not only Rao Inderjit Singh (Gurgaon MP), by making him the MoS Defence at the Centre, but has also given ministerial births in the Haryana Cabinet to Rao Narbir Singh (MLA from Badshahpur). The most positive signal has been the decision by CM Manohar Lal Khattar to appoint Jawahar Yadav, who is based in Gurgaon, as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in his office. It has become clear

that Gurgaon, which was off the radar in the previous government, is now well in everyone’s sight. Speaking to Friday Gurgaon, Jawahar Yadav made it clear that the BJP government wants to end regional disparity and discrimination and will bring development and employment to all parts of the State. In Gurgaon, the primary focus will be on completing various civic infrastructure projects. For example, the city and nearby areas are forever ‘choked’, due to the non-completion of key roads and flyovers. “The government is keen to complete the Dwarka Expressway (Northern Peripheral Road) and the Southern Peripheral Road (Golf Course Extension Road), and to also find a solution to the Hero Honda Chowk mess,” said Yadav. The government will also focus on expanding the capacity of the Civil Hospital, to facilitate the avail-

ability of quality healthcare to every section of society. Yadav added that BJP wants to ensure that government schools across Haryana become effectively functional. For Gurgaon, a key area of immediate concern is on how to integrate the Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex Master Plan 2031 with the plan made by the NCR Planning Board. To ensure a better-planned development and synergy in efforts, the State government will now better co-ordinate and co-operate with the NCR Planning Board. He also reiterated the commitment of the BJP government to investigate all ‘shady’ land deals, especially in and around Gurgaon, which have deprived the farmers of their lands and have been executed by ‘twisting’ of the law and by taking advantage of ‘loopholes’. Yadav promised, “We will provide transparent and accountable governance in Haryana.”u

is a lack of accountability. "The ideal model of governance for Gurgaon would be a corporate structure, wherein the economic generators (the corporate houses), the residents and the administration combine their intellectual & implementation capabilities to help evolve Gurgaon city as a 'self governance' model'," says Menon. The proponents of GDA further state that while the development authority should preferably have bureaucrats heading various functions, they should tap community resources for advice and functional partnerships. Citizen members and companies could be co-opted onto projects, as per need. Menon further suggests that the co-opted corporate houses could assist the Authority on e-governance projects, both on the structuring and implementation. The Administration can focus largely on infrastructure projects in Education, Health and Transport, and the utilisation of public places and open spaces. The Authority should first prepare the 'Vision’ for the City, and draft volunteer experts to be part of the planning & execution. The economically e=weaker sections have just not been planned for, or even recognised, Contd. on p 4-5

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Reportedly 6,000T of garbage were generated during the oneweek Swachh Abhiyan (almost double of ‘normal’)!

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Water shortage affects Civil Hospital services – surgeries are cancelled and patients are sent back home.

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The price for an entry-level job in Delhi Police is Rs 22 lakhs! That is what a local resident was defrauded of recently.

WhatsApps HUDA: 09555831832 (for reporting sanitation issues) Police: 08586976050 (for logging any complaint or reporting any crime)

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