The department of town and country planning had in 2018 approved the takeover of Palam Vlhar, Sushant Lok l and DLF phases 1, 2 and 3 by the MCG. According to the detailed project report that was prepared then, the developers of these colonies were supposed to complete all infrastructure work before the takeover. In case, the builders were not in a position to complete the pending infrastructure, they were supposed to pay the MCG to get the work done.
In DLF areas, the civic body has already started undertaking development work like road re-carpeting and water supply. Here, residents had for long been complaining about the lack of basic amenities to their respective councillors.
After these colonies are taken over, MCG will be responsible for the maintenance of roads, water and sewerage systems, parks, as well as other infrastructure work. The colonies are maintained by their developers at present.
Councillor RS Rathi, a resident of DLF 1, said, “It’s been close to two years since the order to take over DLF 1, 2 and 3 was issued. However, more than 50% of the work is still incomplete. As a result, all of us are suffering.” According to Rathi, these colonies should be taken over immediately by the civic authority without any delay.
Rahul Chandola, another resident of DLF 1, said, “For long, we have been demanding the takeover of DLF areas. Lack of basic amenities has become a major concern for residents here.”
Repeated calls and messages to the developers failed to elicit any response.
Meanwhile, the municipal commissioner has directed for formation of ward committees for assisting the councillors in managing civic issues. “To attend day-to-day complaints and grievances in a satisfactory manner, ward managers need to be provided to ward committees,” Rathi said.