Un­touched by clean­li­ness

Though it is on the border with Delhi, Sec­tor 37 is lit­tered with garbage

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - Pawan Pan­dita

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.

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