DLF phases step up heat on MCG
GURGAON: Residents of DLF phases 1 to 3 have accused the MCG of dragging its feet on the issue of takeover and maintenance of their areas, even three months after chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar gave his nod to the transfer of Huda sectors and some private developer localities.
A delegation of residents, led by local municipal councillor, met the town and country planning department’s principal secretary P Raghavendra Rao in Chandigarh on Thursday and complained to him about the poor maintenance of their areas due to the confusion over civic transfer. Rao has ordered the MCG commissioner to hold a meeting with the stakeholders on June 15 to speed up the takeover process.
Rama Rani, ward number 34 councillor, claimed since the CM’s announcement on February 8 that areas coming under DLF phases 1 to 3 will be handed over to the MCG. the private developer has stopped offering the maintenance services.
“With every passing day, the state of essential services such as water supply, sewerage system, drainage and streetlights is going from bad to worse, and nobody from DLF or the MCG is willing to resolve the grievances of residents,” she added.
Residents said erratic water supply, daily outages and power fluctuations, dysfuntional streetlights and non-maintenance of parks are adding to their woes. “Since storm water drains are not being cleaned, these areas might get flooded during the monsoon,” TK Satheesan, a resident, said.
“Thefts and burglaries have become very frequent in various parts of DLF because of general lack of security . Our pleas always fall on deaf ears. There is no hope that our problems will be resolved in the near future,” he added.
Talking to ETRealty (TOI), Rao said while the government would like to take over the DLF areas tomorrow, this particular case demands serious deliberations. “The residents have been asked to give proposals so that if the MCG collects any amount over and above property tax, that extra amount can be used for providing non-mandatory services to them,” he said.
“Right now, if MCG collects any money apart from property tax, the same goes into the government treasury. We have to look for an alternative and see if the RWA can themselves collect this extra amount and spend it on providing the services like round-the-clock security and other such services that are usually not provided by the municipal corporation,” he said.
A spokesperson for DLF said, “We have been wanting that MCG should take over the areas and we have requested them to do so many times. The delay is not from our end.”
The MCG, however, said the issue could be resolved if the residents are willing to pay extra than what they are paying as property tax.
“At present, the DLF residents are paying around Rs 2.75 per square yard per month as maintenance charges to the private builder, but pay only Rs one rupee per square yard per year as property tax. They are unwilling to pay the same amount to MCG for maintaining their area. If they are willing to do so, then this issue can get resolved,” Satyaprakash said.