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Thursday, 24 September 2020

38 G’gram villages say no to merger with MC

Our Correspondent

Gurugram, September 23

Sarpanches of 38 villages in the district have opposed the move to merge their villages with the Municipal Corporation, citing "inefficiency" of the civic body to ensure basic civic amenities in the existing jurisdiction.

The sangharsh samiti of the 38 villages said they were better off on their own. It submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner for Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, opposing the move.

Beeru Sarpanch, a former sarpanch of Sarai Alawardi village, said: "In 2009, some villages were merged with 35 wards of the MC. All these years, the MC collected tax from residents. What for? Those villages lack hospitals and schools. Now, the civic body is eyeing our villages. The truth is it wants 7,021 acres of land worth Rs 900 crore."

He further said none of the 38 panchayats gave its consent to be part of the civic body. "A delegation of villagers will meet MLAs and MP of Gurugram area and seek withdrawal of the decision," he added.

On September 20, the sangharsh samiti had held a meeting at Vajirabad village to discus the matter.

from The Tribune

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