‘New prob­lems are sur­fac­ing’

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Iam 28 years old and have been liv­ing in Sec­tor 14 since 1987. I was three years old when my fa­ther de­cided to set­tle here. Ear­lier, we were stay­ing in a rented ac­com­mo­da­tion in Jang­pura and that time prop­erty prices were very af­ford­able in Noida as com­pared to south Delhi. In 1987, the land prices were very low, vary­ing be­tween R350 per sq ft to R450 per sq ft. Our 225 sq mt plot cost us some­thing around R90,000 in the re­sale mar­ket price. In fact the al­lot­ment was done in 1980 at R60 per sq ft. I stud­ied in Somerville school in Sec­tor 22, which is close by. Since I have grown up in this area, I am aware of all its prob­lems. Things were much bet­ter ear­lier and till a cou­ple of years ago, liv­ing con­di­tions here were fairly good. The open drains then used to be cleaned reg­u­larly by the mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties but later peo­ple cov­ered these drains and en­croached upon the space. Now the drains get clogged at sev­eral points and start stink­ing. San­i­ta­tion is a big is­sue here. The open garbage col­lec­tion point at the main gate is a big nui­sance. Stray cat­tle and dogs spread the garbage on the roads and cre­ate health as well as traf­fic prob­lems. The civic bod­ies seem to be un­con­cerned with the prob­lems of the res­i­dents. De­spite all this we have been able to pre­serve our green sur­round­ings and open spa­ces in­side the colony. Out of four parks, two are very well-main­tained. For our shop­ping we go to Sec­tor 18, which ful­fills all our needs. Over­all, it’s a se­cure and peace­ful place.

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