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Broken roads, no streetlights make life tough for Vasundhara residents

SECTOR SCAN: Situated along CISF Link Road, Sector 5 of Vasundhara is one of the newest localities in the Trans Hindon area.

noida Updated: Jun 13, 2016 14:56 IST
Ashni Dhaor
Ashni Dhaor
Hindustan Times
CISF Link Road,Sector 5 Vasundhara,Sector Scan
Residents say the roads of the sector are never cleaned by corporation workers and garbage is dumped alongside the roads. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Situated along CISF Link Road, Sector 5 of Vasundhara is one of the newest localities in the area. It was developed in 1998. But broken roads and lack of streetlights suggest otherwise. For the more than 20,000 residents of the sector, broken roads, dark stretches and garbage dumped in the green areas are major problems.

More than 17 years after its development, the government has not yet provided a designated commercial area for the sector, though small convenience stores have been set up outside some residential societies. These stores fulfil the daily needs of the residents.

Further, there is only one overhead water tank in the sector for water supply. Also, there is no hospital in the sector.

The plots in the sector were allotted to private builders by the Uttar Pradesh housing development board in 1998, after which people started settling in the area in early 2000.

Here are some problems faced by the residents

Broken roads

Residents of the sector complain that not only the internal roads but the main roads are neglected by the corporation.

“Potholes started appearing on the roads about five years ago. Since then, there has been no repairing. With each passing monsoon, the condition of the roads has gone from bad to worse,” said PR Vimal, president of Aditya Suntech apartments residents’ welfare association (RWA) in Sector 5, Vasundhara.

“Driving a two-wheeler is very difficult on these roads as one has to keep negotiating the potholes. We have to keep ourselves covered whenever we go out because of the dust rising from the potholes,” said Neelima Singh, a resident of Rail Vihar apartments in the sector.

According to officials of the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC), patchwork of main roads in Vasundhara has been started.

“The patchwork of Maharaja Agarsain Road in Vasundhara has been started. In the second phase, the internal roads will also be repaired,” said Sanjay Gangwar, junior engineer, GMC (Vasundhara zone).

Lack of streetlights

Residents say the internal roads do not have streetlight poles.

“The streets plunge into darkness as soon as the sun sets. While various RWAs have installed streetlights or bulbs outside their residential complexes, the corporation has not taken any steps to put up lights” said Divyalok Sharma, president, Olive County apartments RWA.

Women residents of the sector are scared of stepping out after sunset.

Corporation officials said they will look into the issue soon.

“We will check the complaints and the problem will be resolved soon,” said Gangwar.

Lack of Sanitation

Residents complain that the roads of the sector are never cleaned by corporation workers and garbage is dumped on road dividers.

“Road dividers are supposed to be green and clean areas. However, all household garbage from the sector is dumped on the road dividers and roadsides. We have complained about this to authorities but no action has been taken,” said Deepak Solanki, general secretary of Himalaya Tower apartments RWA.

Officials, however, say that the garbage is cleaned on a regular basis.

“The garbage is cleaned every week. It is not possible for municipal workers to clean each area everyday as there is a shortage of staff. However, if garbage is being dumped in green areas, we will check it,” said Yogendra Yadav, GMC’s sanitation inspector.

First Published: Jun 13, 2016 14:56 IST