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From security to green belt misuse, problems abound in these wards

With the municipal elections slated to take place the coming month, residents of ward number 17 and 18 are hopeful that the new elected representatives would look into the civic issues of the area. Vimal Chander Joshi reports.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2011 01:16 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

With the municipal elections slated to take place the coming month, residents of ward number 17 and 18 are hopeful that the new elected representatives would look into the civic issues of the area.

The two sectors are surrounded by Sector 15, a posh area, which is a haven of bureaucrats, and Sukhrali village. Some Sector 15 residents are unnerved by the lack of security, while others find misuse of green belt near Kirti Nagar bizarre.

Ramesh Vashisth, a senior resident, said, “In the past few days, tyres and other car accessories have been stolen. Recently, a bike was stolen from a house.”

Another resident and a contestant Ashwani Sharma said, “There are a few eateries on the entrance of Sector 15, where some people create nuisance, after consuming alcohol. Cars lined up at the entrance of the sector create traffic jam.”

To beef up the security, police claim to have taken some action. Maheshwar Dayal, DCP (west) said, “We have seized many vehicles in the past few days. Extra men have been deployed to carry out night patrolling.”

Civic issues

Sector 17 residents feel their problems would be addressed, once they find a person, who would represent their area in the municipal body.

“The elected representatives will fight for the issues of their own area, which will allay our problems, substantially. Close to our area, near Sukhrali, there is a lot of illegal encroachment,” said wing commander (retd) RP Nadar.

Sharma has called for fixing storm water drains in the ward. “Even a little downpour causes waterlogging, which can be stopped if drainage system is put in order.”

OP Verma, a frail old man, rued that a green belt close to his house was a nuisance. “Trucks are parked not only on the green belt, but also at two Huda properties near my house in Kirti Nagar.”

In sector 14, roads are in bad shape and sewer lines are choked.

PD Pahuja, secretary of residents' welfare association and a candidate said, “Sewer lines often get jammed. The machine, which can fix them, comes only once in a few days. This compounds the problem.”