In this posh sector, residents have to travel 2 km to purchase even a pencil
Situated near Huda City Centre Metro station, Sector 45 is one of the most strategically located areas in the city. But the residents of the posh locality are unhappy as the area is not maintained properly by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda).
The encroachment of vacant Huda plots and the lack of a market place are among the major problems the residents have been facing for the past several years. Despite several complaints, the authority has not taken any measures to resolve the issues.
The residents claim that Huda had earmarked a site for a shopping complex in its original layout plan of the sector almost three decades ago. "The land that was supposed to be allotted for a market plaza is yet to be auctioned by Huda," said SK Kaushik, general secretary of Sector 45 RWA.
The lack of a departmental store in the sector is causing inconvenience to the people, especially women and senior citizens who have to travel about two kilometres to purchase daily household goods like grocery and stationery.
"It irritates me when I have to travel so far just to buy a couple of pencils for my son," said Poonam Bhatnagar. "At least Huda can construct shops on its own in the larger interest of the people," she added.
Another problem the residents face is the illegal constructions on the vacant plots in the sector. The residents claim that those living in such hutments use water and electricity illegally.
"It seems that there is a nexus between the dwellers and Huda officials as most of these people are paying rent to somebody and many of the houses have water and electricity connections," said Kaushik.
Besides, incidents of theft are on the rise in the sector. "Three cases of theft have been reported in the past few months. The police have failed to arrest the criminals," said Jaswant Dagar, RWA president.
The RWA has raised the issues of shopping complex and unauthorized constructions time and again, but to no avail.
The Huda officials say they will look into the matter and try to resolve them at the earliest. When contacted, Huda administrator Praveen Kumar said, "I will ask estate officer Manoj Khatri to look into the issues soon and report to me."
The sector is also affected by the stray cattle menace. The residents are finding it difficult to walk on the roads as stray dogs and pigs roam around.