‘We face power, sewage, se­cu­rity is­sues’

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Ishifted from Delhi’s Con­naught Place to Vaishali in 2003. I wanted to buy prop­erty here be­cause Delhi has be­come very con­gested and pol­luted with park­ing and traf­fic prob­lems. It was rel­a­tively eas­ier to buy a house in Vaishali and it’s close to Delhi. My over­all ex­pe­ri­ence has been good but there are a num­ber of is­sues that need to be ad­dressed.

The area hasn’t de­vel­oped as much as we had thought it would. There are few street lights, reg­u­lar power cuts and ir­reg­u­lar wa­ter sup­ply. There are power out­ages for a min­i­mum of eight hours daily. The au­thor­i­ties of­ten blame it on some lo­cal fault and grid fail­ure. Drink­ing wa­ter is pol­luted as the sewer line over­laps with the drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply. This leads to a num­ber of cases of dis­eases such as dengue, malaria and in­fluenza.

An­other prob­lem is that of maintenance. The lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are not do­ing enough to tackle is­sues re­lated to maintenance. The res­i­dents have to spend money on their own for this. There is a prob­lem of en­croach­ment too.

Each house­hold has to pay R300 to R500 to lo­cal sweep­ers for garbage col­lec­tion in­side and out­side their colonies.

In case a sewer is blocked, which is a reg­u­lar fea­ture here, the per­son stay­ing close by has to spend R4,000 to R5,000 to get it un­blocked. The con­di­tion of the roads is okay but the traf­fic man­age­ment is bad. There are no traf­fic cops and the traf­fic sig­nals are also dys­func­tional at times.

There are no gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals in the area. One has to go to Va­sund­hara, Indi­ra­pu­ram or Kaushambi to avail of any fa­cil­ity at their post of­fices. There are about 5,000 res­i­dents from the eco­nom­i­cally-weaker sec­tions but there are hardly any fa­cil­i­ties for them. There are cases of vi­o­la­tion of the UP Apart­ment Act too. Fa­cil­i­ties re­lated to com­mon area are also not given to all res­i­dents.

Lo­cal trans­port is a ma­jor prob­lem here. Taxis and au­tos from Delhi are not al­lowed to en­ter be­yond a point. Ra­dio taxis are the only op­tion in this case but ev­ery­one can­not af­ford them as they are ex­pen­sive. Though the Metro has reached Vaishali, it doesn’t cater to the res­i­dents or peo­ple com­mut­ing to the in­te­rior ar­eas such as Ra­j­na­gar Ex­ten­sion.

Law and order is an­other cause of worry. There are 10-12 cases of chain snatch­ing a day on an av­er­age, be­sides about four to six cases of ve­hi­cle theft daily. This is be­cause crim­i­nals can eas­ily sneak into Delhi and other states af­ter com­mit­ting a crime.

It was pro­posed that the pop­u­la­tion in the Trans Hin­don area would be four lakh in 2010 and 10 lakh by 2020. But it reached 17 lakh in 2010, which has, in a way, re­sulted in all th­ese prob­lems.

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