Despite hosting modern highrise buildings, Sector 18 in Vasundhara is far from the perfect place to live in. Residents say that overflowing garbage bins, choked sewer lines and broken roads are a cause of concern.
The area has four highrise societies with around 100 flats each. Around 2,000 residents live here. The highrises started coming up in 2004 and residents started settling here in 2009. Two more highrise buildings are under construction.
Six of the 10 plots in the area have been put to residential use while a hotel, banquet hall, office complex and under-construction hospital occupy the remaining plots.
The plots were sold to private builders by Uttar Pradesh Housing and Development Board. Besides a government primary school, the sector does not have any government facility.
Open garbage dumps
Residents say the biggest problem is the open dumping of waste on roads and garbage overflow from the primary collection centre.
Visitors entering the sector from Madan Mohan Malviya Marg are greeted by foul-smelling, overflowing garbage from the main collection point, which is situated along the main road.
“The garbage is removed only once or twice a week. Pigs and cows surround the filth. It is disheartening to see foreigners, staying in nearby hotels, clicking pictures of the filth,” Rajendra Gupta, secretary of Royal Legacy Apartments residents’ welfare association (RWA), said.
Officials said that the number of garbage bins in the sector will be increased and this will ease residents’ problem.
“More garbage bins will be placed in the sector by next month. The bins have been sanctioned under the Central government’s clean India scheme,” Dr RK Yadav, city health officer of Ghaziabad, said.
Broken, Dark Roads
Internal roads of the sector are broken and riddled with potholes. Residents said that while some of the roads have streetlights, many of them do not work.
“The internal roads connecting two adjacent plots are in a very bad condition. The municipal corporation has totally neglected the roads. Moreover, once the sun sets, the road is plunged into total darkness,” Anu Gupta, a resident of JKG Height apartments, said.
“With a liquor shop just across the main road, the internal roads have become a hub for drunkards at night and residents, especially women, fear for their safety,” she said.
Residents said that their repeated pleas to authorities have fallen on deaf ears.
“Residents should approach their municipal corporator as funds are sanctioned by the corporation to each corporator for repairing streetlights and roads,” DK Sinha, additional commissioner of Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation, said.
Rainwater drains situated along the societies are blocked and are disconnected from the main drainage system of the sector. Plastic bags, garbage and rubble choke sewer lines, causing overflow and subsequently breeding of mosquitoes.
“The situation worsens during the rainy season as the drains overflow onto the roads. It becomes impossible for residents to step out of their societies,” Roy Tapan Bharti, a resident of Royal Legacy apartments, said.
Corporation officials said they have been sanctioned funds to repair the sewer lines.
“According to the survey by the corporation in March, some sewer lines in Vasundhara have to be changed and some lines have to be repaired. The work is expected to start soon,” Yogendra Yadav, junior engineer of the municipal corporation’s water works department, said.