By Times of India – New sector residents unite to fix connectivity worries Gurgaon: Residents of new Gurgaon sectors have come together and formed an association to resolve the road connectivity issue in these areas once and for all. The Society Roads Development Association says it will urge the government to fix one authority for the development and upkeep of these 24-metre internal roads. Connectivity has been a major concern for the buyers of several residential projects in new sectors, and many of them have not shifted to their new apartments owing to poor road network. TOI had raised the matter of the internal roads several times in the past and it was also a part of its campaign ‘Give Gurgaon its Due’. According to the Gurgaon-Manesar Master Plan 2031, HSVP will develop the 60-metre-wide roads, while builders have to construct roads to their colonies. But in many sectors, the 24-metre internal roads aren’t demarcated and in others, they haven’t been constructed by the developers. “However, the policy is also ambiguous in clearly calling out the ownership of the development of the internal sector roads, leading to the callous approach of developers and government departments, namely DTCP, HSVP and GMDA,” said Bajrang Jain, president of the association. Currently, GMDA is responsible for the development of roads in the city. However, the roads aren’t under the jurisdiction of HSVP. Real estate bodies such as NAREDCO have even taken up the matter with the state government several times, but there has been no respite. “Due to the absence of these internal roads, several societies in Gurgain suffer from not only lack of proper connectivity but other essential services like water supply, sewer connection and electricity line, which would have been developed along these roads,” said Shibhashish Rudra, a resident. He said that while there have been random efforts at society level, there is a need for a united effort from all the impacted societies to get the government’s attention to this issue and get a permanent solution. Among other things, the association will also work for the overall development, protection and improvement of road infrastructure in the new sectors, assist residents of Gurgaon by taking up issues related to road infrastructure and safety with authorities and builders. “We will partner with the government and non-government organisations to suggest improved methods of administration, planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of roads,” said Atul Nagpal, another member of the association.

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