Much too crowded for comfort
Flanked by unplanned areas like Khureji, Laxmi Nagar, Geeta Colony, Anarkali Colony and Azad Nagar, the developed east Delhi colony Krishna Nagar is beset with problems that are very similar to that of an unplanned area.
The area has been much talked about because of the sweeping victory of the Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) over the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Situated in East Delhi district, Krishna Nagar is among the oldest residential colonies developed by DLF.
Typical plot areas here range from 80 yards to 450 yards with circle rates as high as 45, 000 per sq yard.
However, local residents complain that they do not feel as if they are a part of a planned set-up as the unplanned colo- nies close by have given rise to increased population and traffic congestion in the area.
Power cuts and water shortages also cause problems primarily due to increase in consumption in the surrounding areas.
Though the AAP government has decided to offer up to 20,000 kilo litres of free water to every household, residents feel this might not be the solution as a number of joint families live here. So, each household on an average consumes 25,000 litres of water which means that the precious resource will never be free for a majority of residents in Krishna Nagar.
What the residents want is clean water with increased supply time. “A one-hour supply used to be sufficient for us a few years back, but now the consumption level is so high that we face an immense shortage here,” says Sandeep Kapoor, general secretary, East Delhi RWA, Joint Front.
Similarly, with an increase in consumption, the power cuts have gone up, especially during peak hours in summer, Kapoor informs.
Those l ooking t o rent a house here will find a number of affordable apartments. One can take on lease 1BHK, 2BHK or 3BHK units at 5,000, 8,000 and
15,000, respectively. However, these are not furnished and come without gas fittings or woodwork.
The DLF colonies have bigger plots without any 1 BHK options. The selling price of apartments in Krishna Nagar varies from 65 lakh to 70 lakh for 2BHK and nearly 1.15 crore for a 3BHK.
It is hard to find a 1BHK apartment in Krishna Nagar and upper ground floors are the costliest in the area.
“There has not been much demand for property in the area during the past two years. In fact, the apartments are now being sold at lower rates just to make sure that people buy them,” says Vidya Rama, a property dealer in the area.
Then, cleanliness is also not one of the high points of the area. Residents in the area face garbage and sewage problems. “We pay an additional 40% to 50% amount in addition to our water bills for maintenance. There is, however, no regular maintenance activity in the area,” says Kapoor. Sewage lines get blocked frequently. “The Delhi Jal Board should ensure a proper maintenance schedule for sewage cleaning in the area, rather than waiting for the sewers to choke,” he adds.
Another problem in the area is encroachment of footpaths. That, coupled with traffic congestion on the roads, leaves no space for pedestrians to walk safely.