‘New problems are surfacing’
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.