Like most other areas in the Capital, east Delhi too is plagued by many civic problems. But instead of waiting for authorities to act, residents here have taken matters into their own hands.
From phone calls to personal visits, residents have done everything to draw the attention of local councillors."We are trying to resolve the issues on our own. Recently, we got a boundary wall constructed near Mayur Vihar pocket II, but it was broken down within a few hours. We reported the matter to the councillor, but nothing has been done," said Kailash Katyal, president, Federation of RWA, Mayur Vihar Phase I.
Residents of east Delhi areas, including Mayur Vihar phase I, II, III, extension, and Vasundhra Enclave, are grappling with different issues.
“Monkey menace is the biggest problem in our area. Despite innumerable complaints, the MCD did nothing about it. We had no other option but to hire a langoor wala ourselves - something which should have been done by the MCD,” said Hari Singh, a resident of Mayur Vihar Phase II.
Surrounded by several societies, Vasundhra Enclave and Mayur Vihar extension have a life of its own. Well-constructed flats, proximity to a shopping complex and greenery — they have it all. What spoils the scene is the choked drainage system.
Residents claim that they can’t walk on the streets without a handkerchief to cover their noses. Councillors, as usual, have turned a blind eye towards the problem.
While one part of the area has been struggling to get a proper drainage system, the other is unhappy with the law and order. “It is impossible to go out after 7pm. This is the time bikers come out on the streets and harass girls or misbehave with local residents,” said Vijay Rana, a resident of Mayur Vihar phase III.