The residents of Shatabdi Vihar in Sector 52 are an aggrieved lot. All their efforts of persuading the villagers living in the nearby village Ghijhod to not use the road adjacent to their complex as an open lavatory have come to a naught.
Villagers are still using the road as a lavatory, as a place for throwing their garbage.
Portions of this road have also become storehouse for cow dung cakes, while the area along the road is used as a cowshed. "Earlier too, this road wasn't much used for commuting. Now because it is always full of heaps of garbage on one side and cow dung cakes at other, it has become all the more defunct," says resident Sunita Sapru.
"Due to all this there is so much stink in the atmosphere that we cannot even open our windows. Our balconies have gone out of use," she says. "The area is full of mosquitoes due to which the society witnessed a large number of dengue and chickengunia cases.
Many children had to be hospitalized for treatment," says resident Manish Mittal. "The roadside is also being used as a cowshed and it looks more like a private dairy farm then a public area, especially in the morning when milk is distributed," he says. "Whenever we have tried talking to the villagers, they have stalled the talks using abusive language," says Mittal.
Residents also complain of a number of cases of thefts of car accessories and chain and purse snatching. "Since the road is unused, and mostly not lit, it is used as an escape route by petty criminals who strike the area," says Sapru.
The RWA wants to erect gates on this road, one on each side, which would block the entry of any anti-social element. Meanwhile, the residents have jointly written a letter to the Noida Authority Chief Executive Officer Rama Raman about the sad state of the road next to their complex.
In its letter the resident have stated that the living conditions have become very unhygienic due to the chaos created by certain residents of Gijhod residing behind the society. Apart from garbage that is being dumped on the road, the village residents are using the parapet area of side lanes for making cow dung cakes and heaps of these can be seen lying everywhere, says the letter.