‘We face power, sewage, security issues’
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.