Fighting a battle for power, water
Al l is not well for the residents of Inderlok, which i s an authorised colony located just a few kilometeres from Karol Bagh and Kamla Nagar. Residents here are deprived of even the most basic of amenities such as clean water, proper sewerage lines, concrete roads and electricity. This has negatively impacted the real estate prospects of the area, despite the advantages it has in terms of connectivity to the rest of the city.
Water scarcity is perhaps the biggest challenge for Inderlok. Most parts of Delhi get water supply for an hour-and-a-half, twice a day. However, the story here is different and a little peculiar. “The power cut timings clash with the water supply timings. Since the motors do not work without electricity, we are mostly without water,” says Abdul Wahid, a resident. Whatever water we get is also not fit for drinking and looks as if it has passed through a gutter, he adds.
“O n c e p owe r s u p p l y i s restored, we have to make repeated requests to the water supply station in block B of Inderlok to switch on the motors. People manning the station are not always prompt and sometimes we don’t get supply for an entire day,” rues Mohammad Ashoo, another resident.
There are many residential blocks here where people have set up grocery and vegetable shops on the ground floors of their buildings. This is making the area more congested and noisy. “Inderlok is a residential area and by setting up such shops, many owners have misused the space,” says A K Dixit, executive engineer, Karol Bagh zone, MCD.
The lanes and roads here are virtually clogged because of extended balconies, mobile vegetable stalls and chicken and grocery shops on pavements. Haphazardly parked cars, bikes and cycle rickshaws add to the chaos. Initially, three storey buildings were handed over to the original occupants. Today, people have made vertical and horizontal extensions to these buildings mainly by constructing balconies.
Incidentally last year, a four -storey building had collapsed in this area, leading to the deaths of seven persons. “Following this incident, we undertook an exercise of identifying dangerous buildings and issued notices to the respective owners for renovation,” informs Deepak Purohit, deputy commissioner, Karol Bagh, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)
I nterestingly, not many faulty buildings were identi- fied through the exercise. Till now, MCD has identified only one three -storey building with faulty structure which has since been demolished and renovated, says Dixit.
The real estate prices have not kept pace with the rate of appreciation in the rest of the city. One can buy a 1BHK for ₹ 15 lakh and a 2BHK for ₹ 18 lakh. Rental prices, too, are fairly low and vary from ₹ 3,000 to ₹ 6,000 depending on the size and location of the apartments. There are also no plots available over here. “Enquiries for property are few and far between. Nobody wants to settle here as the basic amenities and infrastructure are in a bad state. Also, since there is no maintenance of roads and sewerage lines, most of the areas are dirty and stink,” says Bhura, a property dealer. “The healthcare facilities too are missing with no good dispensary here,” he concludes.