Untouched by cleanliness
Though it is on the border with Delhi, Sector 37 is littered with garbage
The face of Faridabad near the Badarpur border, Sector 37, is in a state of utter neglect. Garbage heaps across the colony, unkempt parks, encroachments near the entrance and industrial discharge flowing on the roads has become the bane of the colony.
Garbage dumped along the roads across the sector and in the Radha Krishan Park bears testimony to the fact that neither the authorities nor the residents are bothered about the problem.
“The Prime Minister has started the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the country but Sector 3 7 s e e ms t o have remained untouched by it. The municipal authorities are least bothered about the garbage that is scattered in the market and the main roads. Some of the residents also do not have any civic sense as they also dump the garbage at will,” said Satish Bhutani, a resident. He says that he had raised the issue in a meeting of the residents’ welfare association a few months back but nothing seems to have been done about it.
Echoing similar views, another resident Vineet Baijal says, “Sanitation is bound to go for a toss in a colony where the safai karamcharis do not turn up regularly and there are no dhalaos as in neighbouring Delhi. The entire HUDA market is littered and the situation is very bad behind the shops and in the vacant plot in front of Shivalik Hospital. I do not understand why should we be paying any taxes to the municipal corporation?”
Another resident, VN Sabharwal, says Sector 37 is full of problems despite being one of the most sought after colonies in Faridabad by virtue of its proximity with Delhi.
“You name any problem and this colony has that. Cleanliness is nobody’s concern, stray dogs and monkeys roam around freely here and encroachments by kiosks and vendors near the entrance of the sector from the Delhi-Mathura Road cause congestion. Effluent is discharged in the open from the industries across the road. But the author- ities seemed to have turned a blind eye to all these problems,” he said.
Kailash Khera, a resident, felt that the civic amenities have deteriorated over the years due to the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities and the residents as well.
“In our colony only Pocket G is well-maintained and that too with the efforts of the residents. The park there is well maintained and they have also installed CCTV cameras for security. The rest of the sector is in a bad shape due to official apathy and also owing to the absence of an elected residents’ body due to some dispute. I hope things will improve if the authorities pay a little attention and the residents also get an elected body,” he said.
J o i n t C o m m i s s i o n e r, Municipal Corporation of Faridabad, Old Faridabad Zone, Pratap Singh said he is not aware of the issue of encroachments and insanitation. “I will visit the colony along with my team and take suitable action at the earliest,” he said.
Garbage remains scattered on the roads and is not picked up by the authorities.
The parks in the area are unkempt. There is nothing in the name of maintenance.