Much too crowded for com­fort

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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.

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