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Why Gurgaon can't be a clean city?
Just before two international conferences that are taking place in Gurgaon, the Gurgaon administration and civic body have woken up, and have gone into an over-drive to make the city more clean and beautiful. The two international conferences has prompted HUDA to start cleaning city and it has even hired labour at higher wages to present city as beautiful in front of international ministers and officials. Why can't this be done regularly?

THE MILLENNIUM CITY, Gurgaon, is going to get its makeover in the coming few days as HUDA has pulled up its socks to make the city cleaner, hygienic and beautiful. This step is not some realization from the authority side but this has been taken just to please some international ministers and officials who are coming to Gurgaon to attend two international conference.

Gurgaon is hosting the 12th Indian Ocean Conference of Council of Ministers of 19 countries (October 29-November 2) and the World Economic Forum on India summit (Nov 6-8). In these events many international ministers of 19 countries would be coming to the city and it would be bad if they find our so called Millennium city in bad shape.

Suddenly, Haryana chief secretary, PK Chaudhary issued strict orders to improve road sides by putting proper signages at all important roads and renovate all side footpaths and dividers by putting fresh paints on them.

Roads, which were waiting for long to have dividers are also going to have concrete dividers with iron grills on that. The absence of such dividers was the major reason for many accidents on many roads of Gurgaon where people trying to overtake from wrong sides.

And to get this work done, HUDA has hired over labourers and are paying them more than their standard wages to get work done before time. The chief secretary has also directed officials to create a special fund to avoid any delay in disbursal of salary payments, irrespective of the daily wage norms said a HT report.

"Despite a labour shortage due to the festive season, we have managed to hire workers at a premium to carry out maintenance work on a war footing," said a senior HUDA official to Hindustan Times.

"We have paid workers more than the prescribed wage of Rs. 200 per day. We also ensure that all the payments are cleared immediately after the work is completed in the evening. At times, we also pay in advance if work is urgent," another Huda official added.

In just a couple of days, the administration has to renovate more than 500 kilometers of roads. Workers are engaged day and night to clean up MG Road, the Gurgaon Expressway, Sohna Road, Golf Course and Golf Course Extension Road, apart from other major sector roads which are expected to be used by the guests in November.

The chief secretary had told Gurgaon's top brass, "There should be no garbage or hutments. All unwanted hoardings that block the commuters' view should also be removed."

Daily commuters have thanked these international conferences because of which administration has started looking after roads and traffic sense for the city. Earlier, most Gurgaon roads had no signages to direct vehicles, and there was no nomenclature system to help visitors find their way with ease.

"The Gurgaon administration never paid any attention to the problem. Thanks to the international conference, officials have woken up," said Neeraj Ajman, a visitor.

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