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GURUGRAM: Moving to a new area is a major life decision. When 69-year-old Jayant Jhamb sold his independent house in Sector 46 to live in a condominium in Sector 86, he was allured by the facilities provided by the builder.
His only wish was to live in a society with lush green parks, a club and an organised neighbourhood.

But, once he relocated, Jhamb realised it might have been a good idea to have allowed enough time for the infrastructure to be in place.

While he was happy with his new home and the housing society, every time he stepped out of the premises, eyesores in the form of garbage dumps welcomed him — and still do.
“The government and authorities need to focus on planning cities before allocating land to developers and letting them build condominiums and townships,” said Jhamb.
Like Jhamb, several other residents in the new sectors flagged similar concerns when TOI spoke to them. They now want either of the two corporations — Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) or Municipal Corporation of Manesar (MCM) — to take them up, and do so soon.
In Sector 86, right after circle 4, a large open garbage dump welcomes the residents. Heaps of trash piles up here throughout the day.
Further ahead on the same stretch, about 500 metres away, there is another open dumpyard, which is even bigger than the first.
The residents say the two garbage dumps have become a big menace for the housing societies and condominiums. The private garbage collection vehicles are seen dumping waste openly at these sites.
Like Sector 86, such heaps of garbage can be seen piled up in other areas too, such as on the dividing road of sectors 92 and 93, Sector 84, and others.
“These two open garbage dumps operating illegally near the road of our societies is an eyesore and a menace for the residents. While our waste is managed by the builder, as the MCM has now come into the picture, we expect our sanitation system to improve. There should be proper disposal and processing units,” said Amit Gupta, who lives in Sector 86.
For women living in the new sectors, the absence or non-functionality of streetlights has become a big safety concern.
In some areas, the streetlights have been installed but do not work, while in the others, there are none.
“When I come home from my rehearsals, sometimes late at night, I feel scared as the approach road to my society has non-functional streetlights. It is pitch dark. It is also a safety concern for men. There have been incidents of carjacking in the new sectors where there are no streetlights. So, the new corporation should come up with a plan to install streetlights and meet our basic demands,” said Vijya Singh, a dancer who lives in Sector 92.
The MCM has completed a survey for the streetlights in the areas and found that there is a requirement of 11,800 of them.
Meanwhile, MCG is in the process of surveying to evaluate the requirement of streetlights in the areas.
Other issues raised by the residents include a lack of police patrolling and the absence of public transport.
The residents say that relocating to the new sectors means that one needs to have as many vehicles as the number of people in the family.
“There have been incidents of carjacking as there are no streetlights,” added Gupta.
Also, the roads in these sectors are riddled with potholes. “In the area, I live in — Sector 92 — potholes have made the roads accident-prone and the internal roads need re-carpeting.
I request the new corporation to focus on ‘new Gurgaon’ and address our problems,” said Deepak Katiyar.
Water is another major problem area for the new sectors since people living here are relying on private tankers.
“It is due to the dependency of residents on private tankers that the water mafia is now operating here. GMDA had given us a commitment that the new sectors will get water connectivity in three months, for which they had also done a trial in Sector 90 last November. But none of the sectors has received water supply till now. The reason that they have not given us water connectivity is because of the dependency on water drawn from borewells,” said Praveen Malik, a resident of Sector 92.
Speaking to TOI about the roadmap ahead for the new sectors, MCM chief Munish Sharma said, “We will be speaking to people to understand their expectations and a couple of them may not be met as you need to look at finances, budget and various other components. After we evaluate their expectations and see the guidelines of the various agencies, we will start tackling all the issues.”

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