Vacant plots turned into dumping grounds, a weekly vegetable market that is doing more harm than good, porosity that makes it unsafe and the absence of a community centre describes the state of affairs in the posh Sector 48 of Noida, developed over a decade ago.
The vacant plots in the colony are a cause of concern for the residents. “A large number of vacant plots in the colony are being used for dumping garbage. Some residents of the neighbouring villages come here and drink in the evening. Drunken brawls are not uncommon here and often disturb the tranquility of the colony,” said RC Mishra, a resident of D Block, Sector 48.
“We have asked the RWA office bearers to provide us with a list of vacant plots in their colonies to enable us to take corrective steps.
Hundreds of notices have already been issued to the owners to get their plots cleaned. If they do not comply with the order, we will get these vacant plots cleaned and they will have to bear the expenses on that account,” said Noida authority additional chief executive officer (ACEO) Akhilesh Singh.
Secondly, the weekly vegetable market held every Thursday is a major traffic hazard. The market runs on the 700-metre-long stretch along the road dividing C and D blocks of the colony.
“The road gets choked and the approach to our houses gets blocked. We have to invariably fight with the vendors to make way for our vehicles. In case of an emergency, an ambulance or a fire tender will get stuck in the maize of kiosks along the road,” said Mukesh Aggarwal, a resident of C block.
Another resident, Rakesh Kumar Gupta said the loading and unloading of carts for the vendors disturbs them for two days every week.
The residents had, about a month ago, approached the city magistrate KP Singh to curb the menace, who has in turn forwarded the complaint to the Noida authority. ACEO NA Akhilesh Singh said the issue of weekly market is important and needs to be addressed across the city. “On a petition against the weekly market in Sector 40, the Allahabad high court granted a stay in respect of the weekly markets. However, we cannot allow these markets to run if they cause inconvenience to the residents,” he said.
Another major issue in the sector is that there is no community centre in the colony, which has 772 plots. The residents have to depend on banquet halls, hotels or farmhouses to hold social functions. “As of now, the makeshift RWA office runs out of a green belt in the sector. It can hardly accommodate 100 people. The residents are demanding a community centre with an office to carry out the RWA work ,” said B Ranjan, a resident.
Despite being developed in 2003, the colony does not have a boundary wall. “It has many entry points that make the area unsafe. The residents of neighbouring villages also visit the sector at will. Movement of anti-social elements also goes unchecked due to the porosity of the colony,” said Pawan Goel, a resident.
The Noida authority started fencing the colony to have 1.2 -metre concrete wall with 1.5 foot-high angle channel and a barbed wire about two months ago. The total length of the boundary wall is three kilometres. But the work has been left half way through after completing only a 200-metre long boundary wall on June 19. RS Yadav, project engineer of Noida authority, under whose supervision the boundary wall is being raised, was not available for comment.