The residents of Sector 23 have a lot to worry about. The sector, bordering the national Capital, faces acute water and power crisis. Traffic congestion and lack of sanitation and other civic woes have made the life miserable here.
According to residents, Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) hasn’t completed the land acquisition process.
“In this Huda sector, more than 40 per cent land is yet to be acquired for allotment by the agency,” said a resident.
When asked, Huda Administrator Praveen Kumar said, “800-900 alternative plots are being given to allottees. A few plots are stuck in legal procedures and will be tackled soon.”
There are many vacant plots in the sector. Anti-social elements and bootleggers have made these plots their home. Residents are scared to pass through these areas.
“It’s very scary. There are many vacant plots in the sector which had been grabbed by anti-social elements. This poses a grave danger to the residents,” said Ruchika Das, a resident.
The residents are annoyed with the lackadaisical attitude of the Huda with regard to legal issues pertaining land.
“The Huda should have settled the legal issues,” asked General (retd) Satbir Singh, secretary, Sector 23 RWA. According to Singh, open spaces in the sector pose health and security threat to the residents.
“Residents are prone to health hazards like swine flu. Bootleggers and anti-social elements grab vacant plots for their nefarious activities,” added Singh.
The residents complained that there are traffic snarls in the sector caused by a school. Although the school is situated in Delhi, its gates open to the sector. The residents had erected a 7-foot tall wall to safeguard the sector but it is in a damaged state now.
After the residents raised the issue, Huda administrator Praveen Kumar visited the area.
“Schools are always set up near residential areas. But if it is interfering with the infrastructure of the sector, we can ask the authorities to relocate the school,” he had said.
The representatives of the resident welfare association said there are traffic jams near the school gates.
They said the administration has turned a blind eye towards this issue.
To improve the water supply, the residents want the authorities to set up a reservoir.
“The authorities should construct a tank so that water can be pumped in without any problem. The main problem is the lack of pressure. Leakages and blockages should also need to be looked into. A reservoir will help solve these problems,” said Singh.
The Huda administrator said booster pumps and underground tanks were being planned wherever necessary. But there is no plan for a reservoir at present.