‘No unity among civic bodies’
Ihave been residing in East of Kailash since 1972. My father had won a plot in a DDA auction after which we moved to this place from Chandni Chowk. During that time, there were barely five to six families who had constructed houses on their plots. But gradually, new blocks were created and inhabitants increased.
During those days, a plot measuring 200 sq yard used to cost around ₹ 30,000 to ₹ 40,000 but today property prices have appreciated manifold and a plot can fetch around ₹ 13 crore to ₹ 14 crore.
East of Kailash enjoys great connectivity and a prominent south Delhi location. However, civic authorities, the municipal corporation, Delhi Jal Board or even Delhi Police, have failed to live up to the expectations of the residents. Often there is a standoff between the Delhi Jal Board and the south Delhi municipal corporation (SDMC), especially when there are cases of sewage outflow and water logging. In many places, for instance, near the Delhi Public School, the sewage overflow enters the rain water drain and contaminates the ground water. The maintenance of sewage rests with Delhi Jal Board while the upkeep of rain water drains is the responsibility of the SDMC.
Due to lack of coordination between the two bodies, they keep passing the buck to each other and our repeated complaints fall on deaf ears.
There have also been cases of sewage water getting mixed with drinking water supply. It takes authorities several months and even years to resolve our complains.