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Palam Vihar RWA won’t oversee infra upkeep from April

The Palam Vihar residents’ welfare association (RWA) will not maintain the water supply and other services of the colony from April 1, a statement from the body read. RWA members held a meeting last Sunday and announced that it will not maintain the colony from April 1 and residents should stop paying monthly maintenance to RWA.

The announcement comes in the backdrop of delay in takeover of Palam Vihar, which is one among the nine privately developed colonies, where maintenance of basic civic infrastructure and secondary services is done either by private agencies or the residents’ welfare association, and is due to be taken over the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) since 2016.

The takeover delay by MCG has affected the collection of RWA’s monthly maintenance fee, which in turn has adversely affected regular maintenance of roads and other civic infrastructure, the state of which have gone from bad to worse. The Palam Vihar RWA has been maintaining the colony’s roads, water and sewer lines since 2013.

“On paper, the MCG has taken over the colony’s maintenance, but on no work has started on the ground. The Haryana government announced transfer of private colonies from respective builders to MCG in 2016, but till date the process is pending. After announcement of transfer, the residents started losing interest in paying the monthly maintenance to RWA. Last two months, we have collected less than 20% of the maintenance charged from 7,500 houses,” RWA president Sunil Yadav said, adding that they have not been able to pay salaries of the security staff regularly and this was all because of poor monthly collections

MCG commissioner Yashpal Yadav said, “We have officially taken over Suncity township and started the process of taking over Palam Vihar and other colonies. Hopefully, we will start maintaining civic amenities in these colonies from April .”

First Published:
Mar 16, 2019 01:17 IST

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