For residents of Purvanchal Silver City in Sector 93B, Noida, rampant encroachment, lack of road connectivity and a mismanaged garbage disposal system are a few of the issues that they forced to cope with since the past several years.
Founded in 2008, the residential complex houses more than 2,000 people in 17 towers. The residents’ welfare association (RWA) of Purvanchal Silver City has raised these issues with the Noida authority several times but with little result.
Residents claimed that rampant encroachment by cigarette/pan kiosk owners, vegetable and fruit sellers and meat shop owners has reduced the road width.
“Every day, in the morning and evening hours, the society’s road is encroached upon by residents of nearby Gheja village. They sell vegetables, fruits and meat in their temporary shops and we have complained to the Noida authority on several occasions,” said Uday Sharma, president, RWA, Purvanchal Silver City.
Residents claim that despite the district administration and the Noida authority acting against illegal shops in the area, the problem of encroachment persists. Recently, an anti-encroachment drive was held by the administration and police and a number of illegal shops were demolished.
“After numerous complaints to the authority, an anti-encroachment drive was held a week ago in which shops and carts were removed from the sector’s road. But two days later, the vendors were back. Even during the recent drive against illegal meat shops, two shops in the area were closed. But they are now open,” said Amit Gupta, executive member, RWA, Purvanchal Silver City.
Taking cognizance of the problem, Amit Mohan Prasad, chief executive officer of the Noida authority, said, ”I have asked officials to probe the problem of encroachment by vendors and shop owners.”
Lack of connectivity
Residents claimed that their complex did not have adequate road connectivity due to lack of exits in the sector road.
“The sector road, which is 2km long, doesn’t have any exits. We have been requesting the authority to construct at least two exits so that vehicles can easily reach our service road,” said Tapas Nandi, executive member, RWA, Purvanchal Silver city.
Residents said the lack of exits in the sector road frequently resulted in congestion.
“Many vehicles use the wrong side of road and this results in congestion. There is also a risk of accidents,” Sharma said.
“Officials have been asked to install traffic lights and signals on the road so that residents are not hassled,” Prasad said.
Residents allege that lack of a proper garbage disposal system has left their surroundings dirty.
“Many villagers from Gheja paste cow dung on our walls so that they dry up and can be used as dung cakes. This is unacceptable,” said Manish Sharma, general secretary, RWA, Purvanchal Silver city.
“The drains are not being regularly cleaned and they get blocked with garbage. The authority should clean the drains regularly,” Nandi said.
“Our focus is on improving the garbage collection and disposal system and I have directed officials to clear garbage regularly,” Prasad said.