For Divya Bhatnagar, 40, who lives in the Munirka DDA flats, each day is a struggle.
“These houses are hazard-prone. All the time there is something that needs repair,” she says.
Bhatnagar has been living in Munirka for the last 20 years but has not seen a single DDA official visit the area for an evaluation of the flats.
The staircase that leads to her first-floor apartment is also in a shambles. “Look at the beam. It can crumble anytime,” she says. “There is no one we can turn to.”
The DDA flats in Munirka were constructed in 1975. A flat at that time was priced between Rs 45,000 and 60,000. Today, it costs anywhere between Rs 80 lakh and 1 crore. But during this surge in their market price, there has never been any evaluation of the quality of construction.
“The pipes in my house have developed leakages. We have to get our whole bathroom repaired because of seepage and that will cost us Rs 1 lakh. Last month, the six families in our building spent Rs 50,000 to fix the drain pipes outside our building,” says Bhatnagar.
She is not the only one suffering. The wall separating the DDA flats and Munirka Village collapsed two years ago and has still not been repaired.
“The lane in front of my house has become a thoroughfare and the crime in the area has escalated because of it. Snatching and theft have become commonplace,” said PK Ganguly, 70. So far the complaints lodged by residents have fallen on deaf ears.