I have been living in Yamuna Vihar for the last 25 years. Being a DDA colony, it has all the basic facilities - schools, banks, markets, parks, etc. However, one area that has constantly been overlooked is transport and connectivity. Yamuna Vihar has a DTC bus depot, but hardly any bus starts from here.
We have also been fighting for a metro station in Yamuna Vihar. As general secretary of the Federation of Yamuna Vihar RWAs, I have written many letters to the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) and even to the Congress president. We were promised a metro station as part of Phase 3 of Delhi Metro, but when the final plan came out, we were shocked that Yamuna Vihar had not been listed as a metro station. Instead, Maujpur, a neighbouring locality, has been allotted a metro station.
Yamuna Vihar has over 650 houses today. Almost two decades or so ago, 80 sq yard plots in the area were priced at `4 lakh to `5 lakh, and 40 sq m plots, around `3 lakh. Today, the prices have skyrocketed. But maintenance of facilities is quite abysmal. While the area has about 84 parks, only ten to 12 of them are well-maintained, thanks to the efforts of RWAs. Apartments are a fairly new trend here, with builders taking over independent houses and converting them into 2,3 and 1BHK units. Although provision for parking is made in these complexes, builders sublet even the parking space for a small 1BHK unit and make the parking crisis worse.
One of the biggest problems we face is the increasing rate of crime. Women, children and senior citizens do not feel safe here. Police patrolling should be increasing in the arterial roads too.