Khoda colony is vital for candidates during elections as it is a major vote bank. Dotted with hundreds of narrow lanes, hanging electricity wires, rough cemented roads, mixed residential areas with thousands of shops, the colony presents a horrid picture of civic mess.
A majority of the 7 lakh residents here have come from other parts of UP, Bihar and other neighbouring states, in search of small-time jobs and occupation around Delhi.
“I came here in 1994 but nothing has changed. In fact, residents here battle overflowing drains, hanging electricity wires and garbage filled surroundings. Nearly 95% residents use submersible pumps to draw water while rest depend on water tankers or water extraction units,” Amit Raj Updahdyaya, of Fatehpur in UP, said.
Hundreds of houses with unauthorised construction are also situated along the lanes and by-lanes.The houses here are difficult to locate.
“Any new person needs at least an hour to reach an address here, and even has to ask nearly a dozen persons on the way. People in mohallas have given their own street numbers and house numbers. Some houses have numbers which are based on their ration card numbers. Everything is messy here,” Satish Mishra, of Deepak Vihar in Khoda, said.
Khoda was also declared a Nagar Palika but the development work is yet to start fully.
“There is no proper place to dispose of the garbage. People dump garbage on vacant plots, in drains or any other vacant place they find suitable. Often, it happens that water flowing in the open drains and sewage water gets mixed with the groundwater and submersible pumps supply contaminated water,” Sonu Tiwari of Azad Vihar said.
Non-functional drainages also mar lives of residents. The roads in the colony are at different level and most of the houses and shops are located a couple of feet below the ground level.
“This is due to repeated laying of roads that the level of houses has gone below the road level. But, there is no option. Residents here are mostly used as a vote bank and politicians arrive here with promises. Every election, we think we will vote for candidates who will resolve issues. Before every election, politicians promise many things but there seems to be no end to our misery,” PS Bhadoria of Vandana Enclave in Khoda said.