Good lo­ca­tion, poor maintenance

HT Estates - - NEWS - Ayushi Dimri

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

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