Lok Sabha Elections 2019: First time voters from new Noida sectors demand better policing, civic amenities
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Over the years, though there has been an increase in the population of Noida and Greater Noida, but residents said civic amenities, policing and maintenance has not been able to keep pace with the growth in population and the demands of residents.Updated: Mar 18, 2019 15:32 IST
With an increase in strength in the Gautam Budh Nagar parliamentary constituency, the over two lakh voters from new sectors expect better policing, maintenance of civic amenities and better transport and traffic management.
Most first-time voters in the constituency are residents who have recently moved to new sectors in Noida and Greater Noida. These areas were mostly deserted and bereft of many facilities till a few years ago. With the increase in population, though, there is a burgeoning need for more urban facilities.
However, residents said civic amenities, policing and maintenance has not been able to keep pace with the growth in population and the demands of residents.
“The strength of the police force has not been increased at all, and has probably reduced. This has led to a huge increase in street crimes recently, but no government functionary has paid attention to this,” Vishnu Saini, a resident of Sector 137, said. Other residents of Sector 137 said maintenance, drainage and sanitation in the sector are issues that are regularly discussed with the Noida authority. However, residents said, with no political will, even the authority does not ensure that these basic facilities are properly taken care of.
Traffic is another concern that tops the agenda for many new voters in the city. Most people who live in the new sectors expect seamless connectivity to Delhi and other cities in the National Capital Region.
“Traffic management is very poor and public transport and last-mile connectivity is still not available. These are some of the most important facilities required if we are living in far-flung NCR areas. It is surprising that a mere 40-year-old city has such traffic chaos. What will the situation be here in the next 50 years? Our representatives need to focus on these and probably take lessons from Ghaziabad,” Abhay Pandey, a resident of Sector 121, Noida, said.
Other residents said pollution had also become a major concern in NCR cities and that political representatives need to focus more on the issue and take immediate corrective steps.
“Pollution is affecting the health of residents in NCR, but it is not seen in any political party’s agenda. The solution is mostly left to weather changes, while no concrete steps are taken. It is an issue that will affect coming generations,” Manish Kumar, a resident of Greater Noida, said.