Wa­ter woes and power cuts

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - Rozelle Laha

Lo­cated about 10 kilo­me­tre ahead of the Vaishali Metro sta­tion, Rajendra Na­gar in Ghazi­abad of­fers some respite from the hus­tle and bus­tle of Delhi-NCR. An up­com­ing area of the city, it has at­tracted in­vestor in­ter­est af­ter the Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion ap­proved ex­ten­sion of ser­vices from Dil­shad Gar­den to Ghazi­abad.

With a park in ev­ery block, am­ple space for car park­ing, well spaced-out apart­ments and broad lanes, this area is ideal for peo­ple look­ing for pol­lu­tion-free and good hous­ing at an af­ford­able price.

Prob­lems, how­ever, ex­ist. There is no wa­ter sup­ply for days at a stretch, power cuts for long hours, garbage prob­lems, poorly main­tained roads and ab­sence of a good multi- spe­cial­ity hospi­tal within 5 km. Or­gan­is­ing protest cam­paigns for reg­u­lar wa­ter sup­ply has be­come rou­tine for the lo­cals, es­pe­cially in the swel­ter­ing sum­mer months. “We have been or­gan­is­ing protests con­sis­tently to pres­surise the gov­ern­ment to en­sure smooth wa­ter sup­ply. The worst phase came in the sec­ond week of April when we didn’t get wa­ter for 12 days at a stretch,” says Alok Sharma, a lo­cal res­i­dent. The qual­ity of wa­ter is also not fit for drink­ing.

Like most other parts of Ghazi­abad, this area too suf­fers from long power cuts and ev­ery house­hold needs at least a dou­ble bat­tery in­verter to be able to sur­vive dur­ing the sum­mer.

The well- paved Link Road leads to pot­holed, badly main­tained lanes, es­pe­cially in sec­tors 2 and 4. Even a mild down­pour fills up the pot­holes here lead­ing to wa­ter­log­ging, and mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for pedestri- ans to walk. Garbage re­moval is an­other prob­lem as reg­u­lar clean­ing is not done here. Dumped garbage and ac­cu­mu­lated rain­wa­ter in pot­holes make the area high­lyprone to out­break of all kinds of dis­eases dur­ing the win­ter months, com­plain res­i­dents.

Con­nec­tiv­ity is poor, too. Peo­ple who do not own ve­hi­cles have to de­pend on shared au­tos or buses, which have ir­reg­u­lar ser­vices and are not very safe at night for women as Rajendra Na­gar is lo­cated on the out­skirts of Ghazi­abad.

The pro­posed Metro l ine from Dil­shad Gar­den to New Bus Stand will def­i­nitely be a boon for res­i­dents of this area and hope­fully solve all the con­nec­tiv­ity prob­lems. In fact, this is what is at­tract­ing in­vestors to Rajendra Na­gar now. Prop­erty prices here have gone up by at least ₹ 5 lakh af­ter the Metro project was an­nounced.

Real es­tate is af­ford­able over here when com­pared to other ar­eas in the city. Rent­ing a 1BHK costs any­thing from ₹ 4,000 to ₹ 5,000; a 2BHK about ₹ 9,000 and a 3BHK any­where from ₹ 10,000 to ₹ 12,000.

This is also an af­ford­able area for buy­ing apart­ments. One can buy a 1BHK apart­ment for ₹ 18 lakh to ₹ 26 lakh, a 2BHK apart­ment for ₹ 28 to ₹ 45 lakh and a 3BHK from ₹ 40 lakh on­wards.

“The de­mand for prop­erty is in­creas­ing here as fewer af­ford­able op­tions re­main in ar­eas like Vaishali and Indi­ra­pu­ram close by. As a re­sult, Rajendra Na­gar has be­come the next pop­u­lar area of choice be­cause of its close­ness to the pro­posed Metro line,” says Kapil Sharma, a prop­erty dealer.

How­ever, the sizes of most hous­ing units are small, which does not quite jus­tify the high prices that most of th­ese units command.

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