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30 Jan-5 Feb 2015

Vol. 4 No. 24  Pages 16  ` 10

RNI No. HARENG/2011/39319, Postal Regn. No. GRG/35/2014-2017

{ Abhishek Behl FG }

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hile the State of Haryana and its civic agencies have not been able to provide adequate infrastructure, including basic amenities like water, power, sanitation and roads to the existing Gurgaon city and residents, the decision by the previous government to relentlessly and independently (of the NCR Board) push ahead with its Master Planning (2021, 2025, 2031) has now left the residents of even the new sectors most vulnerable. The Master Plans that were prepared were nothing more than Real Estate allocations. As a result, apart from the shortage of natural resources, Gurgaon is now being enveloped in a smoky haze (and will probably remain so for decades), thanks to the unending construction activity - despite current occupancy being low and there being few new buyers. The most pressing issue, however, is that the water table under the City is getting dangerously low, which could indeed have disastrous consequences,

prakhar PANDEY

The Unmaking of Gurgaon II warn experts. While the authorities and civil society are discussing ways to tackle this situation in (current) Gurgaon, the Real Estate industry is busy building more castles in the air. Thousands of apartments and commercial complexes are coming up in the new Gurgaon sectors (58 to 115 – christened GII by FG), while water, power and sewage lines are yet to be set up. Several builders, however, have already ‘completed’ their projects, and are now giving possession to apartment buyers, in gross violation of the rules, with the collusion of the authorities. They are still deviously extracting ground water for all their projects. And the irony is that the water from these same illegal tubewells will now be sold to the hapless residents through water tankers (as the official supply remains a pipedream)! It was only a chance visit to the Kherki Doula toll plaza that brought this illegal use and sale of water through tankers by construction companies, to the Contd. on p 4

Friday gurgaon 30 jan 5 feb, 2015 the change you wish to see

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