Good location, poor maintenance
Bad road conditions, blocked drains, garbage dumped on roads, no streetlights... the problems of this neighbourhood are endless. Chander Nagar is an authorised area with few commercial buildings on lease.
Properties over here are mostly freehold comprising builder flats and two housing societies -- Gaur Residency and Ajnara Enclave. Areas close by include Brij Vihar, Surya Nagar, Vivek Vihar and Dilshad Garden.
The residents’ chief concern is security. There are a lot of complaints of car thefts and robberies (chain snatching) due to poor lighting on the roads. Some societies even deploy guards at night, many of whom have reportedly thwarted car robbery attempts.
People in Gaur Residency complain about the wine shops nearby; it is a safety concern, especially for women. A resident of the society says, “The wine shops are a big problem. They’re near the society and attract all kinds of people who drink in groups and play loud music. This activity starts at about 5 or 5.30 in the evening and continues till morning. We have complained to the Surya Nagar police which is just 25m away but no action has been taken as yet.”
The area has some advantages, too. Apoorva Gupta, who lives in a builder flat, says, “This place is close to Delhi. Even being a part of Ghaziabad, it has all the facilities that Delhiites enjoy. The opening of the Anand Vihar and Dilshad Garden Metro stations is a relief for everyone.”
Connectivity, however, is not good, says Gupta. “It is not easy getting to the Metro stations. People have to walk till the main road for rickshaws.”
On the bright sides, people here are happy with the gas pipelines in their societies. “That’s a good thing though even earlier, there was easy availability of gas cylinders. We never had to wait for six-seven days for it,” says another resident.
Health and sanitation, however, is an issue. The RWA member of one of the societies adds to the list of problems. He says, “Mosquitoes breed because the drains are not cleaned. The sweepers assigned to these areas are nowhere to be seen. Drains are blocked and waste dumps are not cleared. All this leads to terrible health conditions in our society. All this basic maintenance work is being taken care of by the RWAs.” The roads have been in a very poor state for the last two to three years, getting worse after each monsoon. “We have also informed the authority concerned about this but to date, nothing has been done.”
The key concern for the Gaur Residency residents is the garment manufacturing unit working in the basement of this society. The boilers installed by the factory are a hazard too, it’s alleged. Where facilities are concerned, there are two main shopping complexes here, City Market and Ansal Plaza. Residents even go to Brij Vihar to buy low-priced household products. There are small well-maintained parks but no playground children to play. “Children either go to the recreational club here or to the Yamuna Sports Complex. Since the membership of Chander Nagar Club is costly, people usually opt for the Yamuna Sports Club,” says Jugesh Kumar, a resident of Ajnara Enclave. As for a spiritual connect, people go to the Ram Mandir in Ramprastha of the gurudwara in Surya Nagar.
The one thing special about this place is its own local railway station, the Chander Nagar Halt. It connects Old Delhi, New Delhi Railway Station, Delhi Cantt and Sonipat. The place also has a bridge that connects Vaishali, Vasundhara and Sahibabad.
Chander Nagar is close to Delhi. Even being a part of Ghaziabad, it has all the facilities that Delhiites enjoy