Fourteen years after it was founded, Sector 46 is still struggling with lack of safety measures and maintenance. Alleging apathy on the part of the Noida authority, residents complain that the sector has seen no development in years.
Founded in 2002, Sector 46 has two blocks with 888 plots, on which around 600 families live.
Lack of safety
“Minor cases of thefts occur regularly in our sector with thieves sometimes stealing park gates, grills and even swings for children. Houses are broken into if the owner goes on vacation. We foiled a motorcycle theft just four days ago,” said Anil Misra, former president of the residents’ welfare association (RWA).
Shivani Kapoor, a resident, said that travelling for work had also become risky for women residents of the sector.
“Our sector is cut off from other, more developed Noida sectors. Here, there is no system of public transport and it’s not safe for women to travel in shared autos. Chartered autos charge exorbitant amounts of money for short distances, and so for people who don’t have their own vehicles, it becomes very difficult to travel. I don’t feel secure while travelling in this area,” she said.
Dr Gaurav Grover, circle officer-1, said, “We will soon inquire about the reported incidents of thefts. On Monday, we’ll also meet the representatives.”
Lack of park maintenance
Sector 46 has six parks — four in block A and two in block B. However, residents claim that none of them are maintained at all.
“The parks are in deplorable condition. There are gates that are only half left as the other half has been stolen and authority officials are not bothered about replacing it. There is no
maintenance of parks and wild bushes have grown everywhere,” said Satya Pal Babbar, a resident.
Residents further allege that commercial spaces have been carved out of parks, thereby reducing the space for residents and children to play and relax.
“The master plan of this sector has a huge commercial complex that has been lying vacant for 14 years. Instead, small commercial plots have been carved out of the park spaces, inconveniencing all of us. We demand that the vacant commercial space be used. We also want the parks to be widened,” said Misra.
Soumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer, said, “The already existing commercial spaces that have been allotted in the master plan cannot be converted to parks. However, we will look into the matter of using the vacant commercial space.”