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Thirsty and waterlogged!

india Updated: Sep 30, 2006 00:32 IST
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ACUTE WATER crisis. No streetlights in some areas. No community centre and rains mean a waterlogged hell. That’s Geetapalli in a nutshell.

Majority of residents give it 7 out of 10. That means they are 70 per cent happy and 30 per cent unhappy.

“Geetapalli is a low-lying area. There used to be a brickfield here, that’s why water-logging is more than frequent here. Moreover, we are still facing shortage of water supply. The roads are frayed, broken and has potholes. We have to face a lot of problems. In some areas you can see the stone bearing a corporator’s name, but there is no road to justify the signage,” says Rajnish, a resident of Geetapalli. 

Nirmala of Gopal Puri says, “Some of the land beside Badi Masjid in Azad Nagar is still under land shark’s control. The corporator could have helped us build a community centre there. But, he has done nothing.”

Ramnarain, another resident of Geeta Palli ward, says, “The area doesn’t have a good school and a hospital. The corporator is happy making roads, which are never completed. Because, this gives him an opportunity to get his cut.”

“Only Gopal Puri and Azad Nagar are in a better condition. But, the main part of Geetapalli is neglected. Water problem doesn’t seem to be over here. Rains have gone, but water-logging is still on,” says NK Gupta.

Corporator Suresh Chauhan says, “I have done a lot of work in the ward. Seeing is believing. The area has witnessed revolutionary changes in roads, lanes, drainage system and sewer lines.”

He says people blaming him must agree that all the lanes have been turned into a cement coated roads.

“I was the one who raised the question of taking back the land of Hasnapur village from jail authorities on which we have Ambedkar Rally ground today.

Besides, 4 tube wells were installed during last five years to solve water problems. Over 27 kilometres of new pipeline has been laid down. When I was elected, only 50 per cent residents had water connections. But now 100 per cent houses have connections. I have brought in the projects of over Rs 1 crore,” she claims.