‘No unity among civic bod­ies’

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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.

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