Almost four decades after it came into being, sector 5 of Rajendra Nagar still faces a number of common civic issues. According to residents, they have to deal with battered roads, choked drains and damaged streetlights.
The Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) constructed this sector in 1978-79 and plots were allotted to buyers by the 1980s. The area was handed over to the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) by 1985. The sector, which is two kilometres away from the Delhi-Ghaziabad border, is divided into seven blocks with 450 plots each. Most plots are occupied by individual kothis (small bungalows) constructed by the area’s over 12,000 residents.
However, civic amenities in the colony have taken a severe beating over the years with water supply being the only proper civic service being provided by the GMC.
The sector’s streets remain dark at night as the streetlights do not function properly.
“Women prefer to stay indoors after sunset and do not come out of their houses due to the fear of untoward incidents (in the cover of darkness),” said Seema Bhardwaj, a resident.
Residents said that various complaints to corporation officials have not yielded any result.
“We have lodged complaints at the corporation office numerous times and have also spoken to officials, but no action has been taken. Most streetlights have been out of order for the past two years,” said Devendra Malik, president of sector 5 Rajendra Nagar resident’s welfare association (RWA).
Officials said the issue would be looked into.
“Whenever we receive a complaint regarding streetlights, they are generally repaired within a few weeks. We will get the locality checked and get the streetlights repaired there as soon as possible,” said DK Sinha, additional municipal commissioner, Ghaziabad.
Choked drains and overflowing sewage
Sector residents said that most drains in the area are clogged, giving rise to waterlogging and the resultant health concerns.
“Choked drains have led to waterlogging on the roads. During monsoons, we are not able to step outside our own homes because of this,” said Saurabh Rai, a resident.
He said that monsoons have been resulting in sewage overflow in the area every year.
“During rainy season, the drain overflows and dirty water enters the ground floors of houses. Drains are never cleaned by the corporation,” he added.
However, officials refute the claim and maintain that the drains are cleaned regularly.
“The main drains of each locality were cleaned before the monsoons. Most residents have extended the ramps of their houses onto the roads, covering the drains. This makes it difficult for sanitation workers to clean drains,” said Yogendra Yadav, sanitation inspector, GMC.
While the main road connecting Rajendra Nagar to Delhi – GT Road – is in a better condition than the rest, the sector’s internal roads connecting to the main road are in a bad state.
“The connecting roads are old have not been repaired since I started living here 30 years ago. Patchwork is done, but the material used is so bad that it cracks within months,” said VK Garg, joint secretary of the RWA.
Officials said the internal roads will be constructed in the second phase of the road project presently underway.
“Currently, the first phase of constructing main roads in the city is underway. The second phase will be started soon after the monsoons and the internal roads will be repaired during that phase,” said Sinha.