More EWS flats required
Ihave been living in Manesar for more than three years. After I retired as a colonel from the Army in December 2009, I wanted to settle down somewhere peaceful where I could be happy and relaxed. During my postings, I was always allotted very open and comfortable government accommodation so I was looking for a spacious house at an affordable cost. I always wanted to get ample land to make airy rooms and open areas.
When I first came to Manesar, what impressed me was that the sectors were planned extremely well. Here all the plots are quite big in size – even the smallest plot measures 280 sq m. So, there is a lot of open space and even in the future, this area won’t get congested. Another attraction is the picturesque view of the Aravalli Hills. Keeping all these things in mind, I bought a 450 sq m plot from the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and constructed a villa with a blend of modern and traditional architectural designs. My brother, who is an architect in the United States, took care of every minute detail of layout and specification.
Here, I am enjoying a good life with my wife. I am general manger in Manesar Club and Manesar Golf Club. There is no doubt that Manesar has lots of good things one can talk about but this model township is facing some serious problems, too.
The stormwater drainage system is defunct so during rains, it gets flooded and causes problems for the residents. Another major issue is the lack of residential options for the economically weaker sections of the society. Whatever has been done till now is just insignificant. The labour population has been increasing day by day due to arrival of many new industries.
HSIIDC has allotted land to many group housing societies but labour class can’t afford to buy flats in these societies by spending R35 lakh for a 1BHK. Their living conditions in the villages of Manesar are in a pathetic state. If their housing requirement is not addressed, everyone is affected as sanitation becomes a major issue.
One does get very upset with the foul smell and heaps of garbage along 1km of NH8 due to the deplorable living standards of the migrant labourers.