Around for 14 yrs, but Sec 46 still lacks facilities

  • Gautami Srivastava, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 07, 2015 01:20 IST
Local residents said thefts is a major problem in the 14-year-old sector. There are 19 gates in the society and only two of them are open at night. They said police do not patrol the area properly. (Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

Established nearly 14 years ago, Sector 46 is one of the fast-developing localities of the city. Residents, however, said that the area lacks important amenities.

The sector is home to over 3,000 residents. It primarily has independent houses, but a multi-storey residential complex will be ready for occupancy shortly.

A B-category sector, as per the Noida Authority circle rates, Sector 46 is home to a large number of retired senior bureaucrats, doctorsformer judges and Indian Police Service officers.

Here is an analysis of the problems plaguing the sector.

Market facility

The sector does not have many shops. The residents have to travel at least three kms to reach the nearest market in Sector 50.

“There are several senior citizens in the sector, but not a single medical store. One has to travel all the way to Sector 50 to buy medicines. There is a small grocery store in the sector that caters to our basic needs,” said Anil Misra, a member of the District Development Residents Welfare Association.

Noida Authority officials, however, said a shopping complex is expected to become operational soon. “A shopping complex is all set to become operational. There will be a bank too,” said RS Yadav, project engineer, Noida authority.

Lack of maintenance of infrastructure

Residents complained that the infrastructure in the sector is not maintained properly.

“The parks are not maintained properly. Since the gate of one of the parks is broken, stray dogs enter easily. Elderly people avoid walking in the parks because of the dogs,” said Meenakshi Sharma, a resident of the sector.

The sector also has the problem of choked drains.

“When we complain, it is cleaned in one section, but remains choked at other points,” said TC Gaur, president of the sector RWA.

Lack of security

Local residents said thefts is a major problem in the sector. There are 19 gates in the society and only two of them are open at night.

“Incidents of theft and chain-snatching have increased in the sector. It has a large green cover and this helps thieves escape. In January, we were told by the police that a proposal to set up a police picket has been approved. However, nothing has happened so far,” said Major SS Sahrawat, sector resident.

Transport facility

Residents said lack of public transport facility in the area adds to their woes. They said they have to walk several metres to hail autorickshaws.

“People who do not have their own vehicles are the worst sufferers. Since the residents do not have any other alternative, the auto drivers overcharge, especially at night,” said Meera Gathania, a resident.

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