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    Gurugram: Garbage lays siege to plush towers

    Vishakha Chaman | TNN | Updated: Mar 20, 2021, 20:33 IST

    The residents say the two garbage dumps have become a big menace for the housing societies and condominiums.

    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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      Gurugram's water table dipped 5m in 2 years


      Shahnawaz Alam | TNN | Updated: Mar 22, 2021, 09:41 IST

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      GURUGRAM: As the Haryana government gears up to observe World Water Day on Monday, not much has been done to improve the city’s groundwater level, which has been declining at an alarming rate for several years now.

      Gurugram witnessed a fall of 5 metres in its water table over the last two years, according to post-monsoon data recorded by the agricultural department’s groundwater cell. The city’s average groundwater level is around 38.7m at present. In the last 10 years, the water levels of the entire district have dipped by 7.7m.

      The city has already been marked as a ‘dark zone’ by Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA).

      The city’s water extraction is three times more than its recharge, according to groundwater experts. Illegal groundwater extraction, however, is being carried out blatantly, with little action taken by the authorities.

      The groundwater cell’s records show that water depletion is the highest in Gurugram block. In 2018, the average groundwater level in Gurugram was 33.2m, which dipped to 35.9m in 2019 and 38.5m last year.

      Meanwhile, Sohna block’s groundwater level stood at 24.9m in 2018, 25.6m in 2019 and 25.8m in 2020. In Pataudi block, it was 35.5m in 2018, 37m in 2019 and 37.5m in 2020. Farrukhnagar has reported far less fluctuations — while the water table stood at 19.9m in 2018, it dipped to 20.8m in 2019. Its water table hovered around the same mark last year.

      “We have collected samples from 62 pits across the district, which are used to record average groundwater levels twice a year.

      Pre-monsoon levels are recorded in June and post-monsoon levels in October, after which we analyse the groundwater of different blocks. It has been observed that there is a steady decline in Gurugram’s groundwater table, up to 2.5m on an average every year,” said VS Lamba, Gurugram's chief hydrologist.

      He said depletion is more in urban areas compared to rural areas and pointed out the major cause for these heavy losses: a vicious cycle of real estate development and population growth. Commercial highrises and residential apartments generally have their own water extraction units like borewells inside their premises to draw large amounts of water, according to water experts.

      In Chakkarpur, Baliawas, Sikanderpur and Udyog Vihar, the water table has dropped to over 75m below ground level. Other areas reporting high depletion include Gurugram village, Civil Lines, Wazirabad and Kasan, where the water table has dropped to over 48m. Similarly, it has dipped to around 50m in parts of DLF City, Sohna Road and Sector 56 due to a high concentration of residential complexes.

      Experts say the development boom in the city took local authorities by surprise and they did not plan adequately for the power and water needs of the burgeoning population.










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        GMDA set to build check dams, more drains to tackle flooding

        Shubhra Pant | TNN | Apr 6, 2021, 07:52 IST





        Gurgaon: In order to avert waterlogging during monsoon, the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) officials have been asked to begin the work on flood control plan by next week.

        The city faces flooding on its roads every monsoon, leading to massive traffic jam.

        The decision was taken at an internal GMDA meeting held on Monday, said sources within the metropolitan authority. A senior GMDA official said, “ The plans are already in place and the tendering process has also begun. We just need to start the work on the ground now.”

        One of the measures being taken by GMDA is to build check dams in the Aravalis and revive the existing dams so that the water from the Aravali can be captured there itself. The dams will capture the water which can be then released gradually saving the city from waterlogging. Additionally, the metropolitan authority will revive and develop green belts at the aforementioned areas so that the excess water which does come down to the city can be absorbed by these green belts and it does not stand on the roads.

        In order to avoid flooding on Golf Course Road, especially the DLF -1 underpass, GMDA will trifurcate the drain carrying water from DLF-1 and the surrounding areas. While a part of the water from the area will go to the existing drains that goes across the Chakkarpur village, two more drains will be developed— one at Bristol Chowk and another near Shiv Nadar School. Tenders for building two of these drains have been floated whereas planning for the third drain is underway.











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          Flood control plan hit, key roads in Gurgaon inundated after rain

          TNN / May 21, 2021, 07:24 IST



          Gurgaon: Heavy rainfall over the past two days led to waterlogging at multiple places in the city on Thursday, with IFFCO Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Old Delhi Road and Narsinghpur being the worst hit. The delay in the completion of projects planned last year caused problems at key junctions such as Narsinghpur and IFFCO Chowk. The underpasses fortunately remained safe and no snarls were reported across the city. Officials, however, blamed the pandemic for the delay in the projects aimed at checking flooding.



          According to the officials at GMDA, the water stagnation at Narsinghpur did not affect the highway. “We had proposed to drain the excess water at the junction through a master sewage line. However, that project has not yet been started,” said a senior GMDA official. Similarly, the metropolitan authority had planned to make a drain at IFFCO Chowk to check waterlogging, but the project has not yet hit the ground. The earlier drain was damaged during the construction of the underpass.



          Sources within the authority, however, said that the waterlogging at Rajiv Chowk happened due to a fault in the drainage system. Officials declined to respond on the matter but said that they were taking all the corrective measures to check waterlogging at the junction. “Most of the projects to check waterlogging in the city during the monsoon rains have been delayed due to the pandemic and the recent lockdown. Many GMDA staffers are down with Covid,” he said.

          TOI had earlier reported that to avoid a rerun of last year when several city roads, including Golf Course Road, were heavily flooded, GMDA officials were asked to begin work on the flood control plan by next week. All these projects are supposed to be completed by May 31.

          One of the measures to be taken by GMDA is to build check dams in the Aravalis and revive the existing dams so that the water from the ecologically fragile forest areas can be captured there itself. However, at the current pace of things, it is unlikely that these projects will be completed by this month-end and some points in the city might face issues during the monsoon. “The deadline is for June 25 and we will finish all the work by then,” said the official.














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            Focus on improving waste disposal, says MCG’s new chief


            Vishakha Chaman / TNN / Jun 9, 2021, 07:44 IST


            Ahuja visited the Bandhwari landfill site on Tuesday

            Gurgaon: The new MCG commissioner hit the ground running on the first day of joining office. After an introduction meeting with officials of the civic body, Mukesh Kumar Ahuja visited the Bandhwari landfill site and later inspected an under-construction creek near Shiv Nadar School in DLF Phase-1. He also instructed the IT wing officials to develop a portal for interacting with the public during the pandemic.

            Ahuja told TOI that sanitation, effective waste disposal and public grievance redress will be his priorities, besides the overall development of the city. “I had a meeting with MCG officials to get a bird’s-eye view of the city’s civic issues. My foremost priority will be sanitation, effective garbage disposal and simultaneously the resolution of public grievances. Through a portal, I would take up grievances of the residents,” he said.

            At the Bandhwari landfill site, the new commissioner held a brief meeting with Ecogreen representatives and MCG officials to understand the reasons for the garbage pile-up. The main problem, the officials told the MCG boss, is that there are no takers for the refuse derived fuel (RDF) and compost produced after the processing of waste at the landfill site.

            MCG chief engineer Thakur Lal Sharma told the commissioner that Indore took its processed waste and spread it over 250 acres of land they had and developed a park over it. However, he said that the limitation for Gurgaon is that no such land is available.

            He informed Ahuja that the MCG had identified an alternative landfill site, but could not proceed with the same due to the objections raised there.

            On the issue, Anil Mehta, the consultant, said that a 90-acre land has been identified, which falls under the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad.

            “There are two aspects which the MCG should focus on — legacy waste treatment and setting up of the waste-to-energy plant,” said the MCG commissioner during the meeting. The officials also informed Ahuja that they have 17 trommels, however, only two are processing waste due to space constraints. The MCG boss then said that he would meet the Ecogreen and MCG officials again to deliberate upon the issue.

            To review the monsoon preparedness, the MCG commissioner has also scheduled a meeting of the drainage plan committee for Wednesday. At the introductory meeting, the officials told the MCG commissioner about the working of their departments and discussed property tax, sanitation, sewerage system, C&D waste management and door-to-door waste collection.













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              Monsoon is knocking on the door, but stormwater drains nowhere near ready

              TNN / Jul 12, 2021, 07:59 IST


              Gurgaon: Residents and shopkeepers of DLF-1 have complained about inconvenience due to the ongoing construction of storm water drainage project near Arjun Marg adjoining Golf Course Road for over a month. The residents said that huge tranches have been dug up on the service lane, alleging that the contractor is not following any safety measures and blocking their right of way while carrying out the construction work. Moreover, the dug-up road has further aggravated the dust pollution in the area.

              Jugesh Nanda, a resident, said, “Construction has been going on at a very slow pace due to which our approach road has become inaccessible. When the work started, the authority assured us that no inconvenience would be caused but now I feel like I have been trapped in my own house. We are parking our vehicles in another block as they have left a narrow path for pedestrian movement. The work has been going on for the past one month with only 8-10 labourers at the site that too without any supervision.”

              With monsoon around the corner, the residents also fear that the dug-up road could lead to accidents. They further alleged that there are no warning signs or barricading at the site making it dangerous for motorists and pedestrians. “We have been facing a lot of inconvenience over the past one month and have raised the issue with the authority concerned but to no avail. They blocked the service lane from both ends making it difficult to access the road for residents and visitors alike. When I raised the issue, the contractor misbehaved with me. I have filed a police complaint on the matter,” said Vikas Gupta, another resident.

              The DLF is installing the storm water drainage system on 400m of the service lane adjoining Golf Course Road to tackle the waterlogging situation.

              Meanwhile, a representative of DLF said that they have never blocked any access and are carrying out the work in a phased manner so that no inconvenience is caused to the residents. “We are hoping to complete the drainage work within the next 15 days,” the representative said.

              A senior GMDA official said, “The project was started late due to delay in approvals and I have already directed the DLF management and contractor to speed up the work. However, I will look into the matter and get the work completed soon,” the official said.















              Monsoon is knocking on the door, but stormwater drains nowhere near ready | Gurgaon News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)

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                nfrastructure work held up in Sec 23A for two years, MCG draws fire

                TNN / Updated: Jul 13, 2021, 11:09 IST


                GURUGRAM: A group of residents from Sector 23A held a meeting with MCG joint commissioner Jitender Garg on Monday and discussed several issues, including the repairing and desilting of storm water drains, laying of water pipeline, revamping of the sector entrance, road repair among others civic work that has been pending for almost two years. They have demanded to expedite the work.

                Malkhan Singh, RWA president of sector 23A, said, “Several civic work are pending in our sector for almost two year now and we have now submitted a memorandum seeking early redressal of those. Most storm water drains are broken, slab covers are missing, clogged with C&D waste, desilting and repairs not being carried out despite repeated reminders. The drains have not been inter connected resulting in water stagnation. Similarly, our sector road adjacent to Janamdivas Park hasn’t been repaired for the last one year despite several assurances from the civic authority.”

                Subhash Kaushik, RWA treasurer said, “The new water pipeline has been sanctioned for our sector but the contractor has left the work in the middle and residents are forced to eat the dust kicked out of the dug-up road. Moreover, the plot's indication boards have been damaged and missing for a long time, making it difficult for visitors to reach the destination.”

                Meanwhile, Jitender Garg, joint commissioner-2, said, “We have taken note of their problem and I will be conducting site inspection along with concerned officials on Thursday. We will ensure that all the development works are taken up and completed urgently. ”











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                  Road linking new sectors to rest of Gurgaon in a shambles


                  Akanksha Gupta / TNN / Jul 19, 2021, 07:29 IST


                  Gurgaon: Residents of several housing societies in sectors 85 to 95 are having a harrowing time commuting due to the dilapidated condition of the arterial Pataudi Road. The road connects Sector 10A to Garhi Harsaru and is heavily used by residents of these sectors to reach other parts of the city.

                  Residents said the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) dug up the road to lay a sewer pipeline in Harsaru in August last year, but no repair work has been carried out so far.

                  They alleged that MCG and the public works department (PWD) keep on passing the buck to each other, while they continue to bear the brunt as they have been compelled to commute via the broken road for almost a year. While there have been potholes on the 7.2 km stretch for years, using the road has become risky for commuters now as it is no longer motorable, they said.

                  Navdeep Wadhwa, a resident of Sector 89's Tulip Ace, said: “The condition of the road is already pathetic and locals have illegally installed speed breakers, making matters worse. It takes around 20 minutes just to cross a 500m stretch from my society. Several accidents have been reported on the road.”

                  Several complaints have been made to the authorities concerned and local representatives but nothing has been done to resolve the issue, residents said. “Commuting on this road is a nightmare. We have to drive very carefully, especially at night as there are no streetlights. As the road is heavily used, we have been facing frequent snarls which sometimes last for over two hours,” JP Yadav, a resident of Sector 89, said.

                  When contacted, local MLA Rakesh Daultabad said he has spoken to the authorities concerned to resolve the matter at the earliest. “I have already taken up the matter with MCG officials. The tendering process is underway and the work will begin soon,” he said.

                  PWD officials said they have written to MCG to repair the damage caused during the laying of the sewer line. “The corporation needs to carry out the restoration work,” an official said.

                  Meanwhile, an MCG official said, “We have already floated a tender and the restoration work will be done shortly.”










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                    Aravali ‘water holders’ to stop Golf Course Road flooding pass first test

                    Ipsita Pati / TNN / Jul 21, 2021, 07:28 IST



                    Gurgaon: Pictures of cars in bonnet-deep water on Golf Course Road had flooded the Internet during the monsoon last year. Rainwater had gushed into one of its seven underpasses and the city’s central boulevard — a totem of both its achievements and ambitions — was subsumed by its chornic drainage problem.

                    This year, Golf Course Road was the silver lining in the flooding that followed Monday’s rainfall in most other parts of the city. The road ans its underpasses were not affected by monsoon’s first heavy rainfall, an early indication that a move by GMDA and IAMGurgaon, an NGO, to build four drainage channels to divert water flowing from the Aravalis into natural creeks had been successful. Experts, however, said they would wait to see if the plan would stand up to heavy rain.

                    The four drainage channels have been built in sectors 26, 42, 54 and 56. The water from these drains flow into the natural creeks, which have been widened and made deeper to hold more water. Since these creeks are at a higher elevation, they absorbed much of the rainwater on Monday and stopped it from flowing into Golf Course Road. This also reduced pressure on the Badshahpur drain.

                    “The move has reduced stormwater runoff by almost 50%. In Gurgaon, flooding never occurred only because of the runoff from the Aravalis. We had to identify the bottlenecks in the natural creeks, make them wider and deeper so that they could hold more water. This took pressure off the Badshahpur drain, which gets flooded during the monsoon and inundates the nearby areas,”said Subhas Yadav, nodal officer (environment and sustainability wing) at GMDA.

                    Several native species, such as Pilkhan, Goolar, Neem, Baheda and Arjun, have also been planted around these creeks so that the soil doesn’t become loose and the embankments don’t give away.

                    The brain behind the move is a team of researchers from the Teri School of Advanced Studies. After last year’s flooding, GMDA had commissioned the Teri school a three-month study to find out the reasons and ways to stop water flowing from the higher reaches into Golf Course Road.

                    “We carried out a survey between September and December last year and shared our findings and recommendations with the GMDA. They acted upon them immediately and the result is there for you to see this monsoon. However, our study was restricted to Golf Course Road,” said Fawzia Tarannum, assistant professor at the department of regional water studies at the TERI school.

                    Latika Thukral of IAMGurgaon explained why the decision to make the creeks deeper would work this monsoon. “The Gurgaon-Faridabad highway and MG Road are 200 metres above Golf Course Road. So, rainwater would invariably gush into Golf Course Road. Now that the creeks have been made wider and deeper, they have a good capacity to carry the stormwater. The sand and silt at the bed of these creeks would also allow seepage,” she added.

                    Environmentalists, however, said they would adopt a wait and watch policy to see if the plan holds its ground during heavy rain. “GMDA should get experts to review the plan. They should plant long grass along the creeks so that the soil doesn’t become loose and water seeps into it. We are not sure if the plan will work in case of heavy rain. Let’s see,” said Vaishali Rana Chandra, an environmentalist. Residents, meanwhile, heaved a sigh of relief to see Golf Course Road unaffected by Monday’s rain. “This is a nice initiative by GMDA. Their plan has saved our area from getting flooded this time,” said Rahul Chandola, a resident of DLF 1.









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                      Can pits help in other areas too? MCG to survey

                      Vishakha Chaman / TNN / Jul 21, 2021, 07:29 IST


                      Gurgaon: The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is exploring the option of building small ponds, pits or creeks in flood-prone areas. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by mayor Madhu Azad, where officials pointed out how drains and natural creeks had helped Golf Course Road stay dry when other parts of the city were under ankle-deep water on Monday.
                      Urban planning experts backed the decision, but insisted that Gurgaon should adopt a multi-pronged approach to tackle flooding during monsoon.

                      “This is a good decision. But the dimensions of a pond should be calculated keeping in mind the maximum capacity of rain. They should either increase the capacity of a pond or a pit or build many of them. The infrastructure should be such that water is channelised to a pond or pit and is not pumped back into the drain,” said Sewa Ram, a professor of transport planning at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.

                      He added that an alternative approach should be to retain water at the top. In underpasses and areas where these pits can’t be made, retaining water at the top and then diverting it through drains and creeks would help — an approach that helped Golf Course Road stay dry on Monday.

                      Mukta Naik, an urban planning expert and a fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, agreed that the restoration of the natural drainage system in the Aravalis had helped prevent waterlogging on Golf Course Road.

                      “Creating small pits or ponds and restoring the natural creeks is a no-harm principle. But we will have to look for engineering solutions in areas where these cannot be implemented to divert extra water. However, making these recharge zones will be feasible only in natural low-lying areas, which are available,” Naik said.

                      MCG had in June identified 80 areas across the city that are prone to waterlogging. Asked if it was feasible to make such structures in all flood-prone areas, the experts said interventions need not come up on the site itself. “For example, if you want to tackle waterlogging at Rajiv Chowk, you will have to intervene from Ghata and Badshahpur all the way down so that the runoff does not reach Rajiv Chowk. We have to have a multi-pronged approach,” Naik said.














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