Petty crimes on the rise in this posh locality
Rising cases of car theft and other petty crimes are giving s l e e pl e s s nights to residents of East of Kailash. Despite CCTVs installed at all crucial points in the colony, the residents feel they insecure. The residents’ welfare associations of all the blocks have increased the number of guards both at entry and exit points and even deputed some on night patrol duty. But all measures have come to nothing and failed to curb anti-social elements.
“We have been facing this menace for the past several years. Earlier, when we used to complain to the police, they used to advise us to get CCTVs installed in the colony. Last year, we collected funds from residents and introduced the system of CCTV surveillance in many blocks in the locality but petty crimes continued,” says Virendra Saluja, president of F block, which is among the worst- affected blocks of East of Kailash.
Residents blame the local police for being lax, uncaring and ignoring residents’ complaints. This attitude has emboldened the anti-social elements, who move about without any restrictions in the area.
“Every month we have six to seven cases of thefts - cars, car accessories, expensive home items etc. Cases of chain snatching are also common. We have also handed over CCTV footage to the police which clearly shows unidentified people stealing an expensive car from the colony. But the police have been unable to crack the case and we have been advised us to use gear lock systems in cars and take other precaut i ons,” says Praveen Dhal, president of D block.
Residents say that the indiff erent attitude of the l ocal police and civic authorities is unexpected in a colony like East of Kailash which is one of the many posh colonies in south Delhi.
The entire area of East of Kailash comprises eight blocks such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and some other settlements in the form of sub- colonies such as Kailash Hills, Mount Kailash and Kailash Towers.
It boasts of affluent resid e n t s , e n j oy s a s t r at e g i c l ocation, and is f amous for i conic s t r uctures s uch as Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, popularly known as the ISKCON Delhi temple and protected historical monument like the Ashokan Rock Edict, one of the series of edicts that depict Buddha’s teachings.
Except for a few rural and unplanned settlements such as Zamrudpur village and Garhi Village, East of Kailash is surrounded by equally posh areas such as Kailash Colony, Amar Colony, Greater Kailash and Nehru Place. It found its way in the Metro map in October 2010 with the commissioning of the Violet Line that starts from Central Secretariat and ends at Sarita Vihar. This line has now been extended from ITO to Escorts Mujesar in Faridabad.
East of Kailash is a plotted colony which was developed by Delhi Development Authority from 1972 onwards. Residents claim that the colony is much better planned t han other neighbouring areas such as Greater Kailash or Kailash Colony.
“DDA bought l and f rom far mers of villages such as Zamrudpur and Garhi and then planned the entire area by dividing it into residential plots, commercial complexes, schools, hospitals etc. It then auctioned plots to homebuyers who constructed houses on them. Initially these plots were leasehold but when DDA introduced the leasehold- tofreehold conversion policy, a majority of homeowners opted for freehold status. Today, more than 95% plots are freehold and one or two- storey individual houses have been converted into four-storey builders’ apartment,” says HC Goel, president of Kailash Hills Community Associations.
“Besides petty crimes, another major problem that we face is unauthorised encroachment of pavements by vendors and rickshaw pullers near public places such as shopping centres, schools, hospitals and the Metro station,” adds Goel.