It's been an year since Friday Gurgaon reported about the condition of, or should we say the absence of, civic infrastructure in Sector 12 (A). Friday Gurgaon even did a story of the best and the worst places to live in Gurgaon – and even the filthiest ghettos in the City scored better than this place. People often say that change is inevitable, but this Sector presents the contrarian view – there seems to be hardly any change, except that the main road has been relaid by HUDA. “You can still smell the same stink – in fact, it has gone worse because of the prolonged rainy season. You can still see the herds of pigs playing in the filth. This place is in a serious mess. Traffic jams on this road are quite common, and the Sector-12 commercial area, where cars are being repaired, makes it worse – as there is a constant congestion of traffic there,” says Puran Singh, an old resident. He has a big pothole in front of his home. Apart from the commercial usage of Sector-12 main road by the car mechanics, there is the backdrop of Gurgaon village, where villagers use the Sector land for their cattle – further making the situation grimmer. “This place is in the centre of the City, and there is a constant flow of traffic, hence the civic infrastructure is always under tremendous pressure. This road was pathetic last year, at least it has been relaid. It is the only respite we have as there used be water logging in the whole area. But you can still see the pigs running around in the mud in the vacant land. The corner plot at the entrance of the Sector is still used as a dumping ground by MCG. That is why this whole area stinks like hell,” says Satish Yadav, who has a raw material shop just in front of the
However, on closer inspection, there seem to be a couple of other changes as well. The inside sector life has improved to some extent. “Till last year there were water issues, but there have been some positive changes, as we receive an ample amount of water now. Unfortunately, the inner roads and other infrastructure like street lights are still in a shambles,” says Ankit Gupta, a trader.
At this rate it would take years to get decent basic infrastructure. In the last one year, Gurgaon has taken a step backward. It may not be consolation for Sectors 12 and 12 (A), but the whole of Gurgaon is getting dangerously close to become one hell of a city.