One of the first few industrial sectors, the state of Sector 5 has been going downhill slowly but steadily. Be it the state of cleanliness, roads, drains or vacant plots, everything in a state of disarray. So much so that a number of industries have already moved out, prominent being the HCL that was operating in a rented accommodation in Block B. A number of closed factories can be seen in both A and B Block.
To begin with there is no sanitation worth its name. Garbage can be seen strewn everywhere, on the roads, inside the roads, even covering the vacant plots. "I cannot open the second gate of my factory since there is huge garbage outside it," says Sharad Verma, who is into manufacturing of cardboard boxes in B Block. "This is a road but it is out of use due to this garbage," he adds. "Further, due to lack of sanitation, my workers keep falling sick," he adds.
The number of slums has increased so much that now a full basti has been established here. Needless to say all the problems associated with a slum cluster without civic amenities have cropped up here. The slums have taken over the every inch of vacant space in the area. Heaps of junk can be seen on the roads. "All their bathing and washing is done along the drains and other open spaces. The few public toilets kept on the outside road are too few to meet the needs of such a huge population," says Chaoudhary Ratan Lal of adjoining Harola village.
None of the roads, internal or external, is free of heaps of construction material. Bricks, cement, iron rods are all everywhere. These not only interfere with the movement of traffic but are also a security hazard. "Many times, especially during night, there have been accidents with people hitting against these iron rods," says S K Gulati, who has a plastic unit in A Block.
Roads and drains
Most internal roads have not been carpeted. In fact, they are all kuchcha village roads with huge ditches, and driving through these is a tedious task. "It has been three years since some carpeting work was done here. Since there is heavy movement of vehicles, including tempos and trucks, the roads are never in shape," says Mohit Chauhan of Block A.
The storm water drains are missing in most part of the sector; the places where they do exist they are choked with garbage. "During the slightest of rainfall my factory goes out of bound since both the roads outside it turn into pools of water," says S Chopra of B Block.