As the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon continues with demolition drives across the city, is the MCG trying to rebuild the city or is it just careless by leaving behind the debris around the place after a demolition? A report from Sadar Bazar area of Gurgaon.
THE DEMOLITION carried out by the MCG upon the orders of administrator Dr. Praveen Kumar in the jam packed Sadar Bazar area last week has evoked mixed response from the citizens of Gurgaon. One passerby said that since the busy market area is heavily encroached, the act by MCG will benefit the pedestrians with more walking space and help in avoiding collisions with two wheelers who carelessly whiz past these pedestrians.
The shopkeepers of the market place are not very happy with the demolition as according to them the municipal corporation has not lived up to its promise of constructing new pavements within a week. A visit to the place clearly highlights the mess created by the MCG post the demolition. With debris scattered around the place, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon is further jeopardising the safety concerns of the pedestrians. With the flattening of the illegal pavements adjacent the shops, the shopkeepers have lost out on a lot of business. These shopkeepers who rent out the available spaces on a daily basis to hawkers now have one less source of income.
An irate shopkeeper who hastily began to put his belongings inside as an official car began to make trips of the market said that what had to be done is done. But the MCG is not taking any responsibility of clearing the mess that was left behind post the demolition. The shopkeepers are slowly losing business and the encroached area has been possibly pulled down due to a politically driven complaint. Refusing to name any politician, the shopkeeper who identified himself as Krishan Kumar said that no prior notice was given to the shopkeepers. As per law, applicable across all municipal organisations, no demolitions can be legally carried out without the consent of the court.
As the blame game continues in the Sadar Bazar area, what now needs to be taken into consideration is that how soon will MCG live up to its promise and provide the market with pavements.