Water woes and power cuts
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.