25 October, 2020

For A Sustainable Concrete Jungle

For A Sustainable Concrete Jungle
Environment is no longer just chic. For the denizens of Gurgaon, it’s now a way of life. The administration’s failure on the civic amenities front has compelled the inhabitants of posh residential areas on the outskirts of Delhi to develop their own infrastructure and, what’s more, adopt various modes of sustainable living. Many resident welfare associations here are experimenting with recycling of water, rainwater harvesting, solar panels, recycling of waste, etc. But that’s part of a larger endeavour. Their main battle is in the sphere of civic rights. The Society for Urban Regulation Gurgaon and Environs (SURGE) has filed a PIL in Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, against the state of Haryana, seeking a detailed report on the money (Rs 600-1,200 crore) collected by it as external development charges for Gurgaon.

The prime concern of SURGE, led by former foreign secretary J.N. Dixit, is to ensure sufficient political clarity at the level of Gurgaon’s urban development policy. Indeed, a...



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