New sector, old problems: Stark mismatch in Noida’s dream and reality
NOIDA: Other than the new buildings, there is little about Sector 70 to suggest it’s a newly developed neighbourhood. Residents say the sector has no proper roads, lighting, sanitation lines, markets and a community centre, and is plagued with problems like recurrent waterlogging and deteriorating law and order.
“I have built my house in Sector 70 and been staying here since 2013, but to this day, I’ve not seen any improvement in the infrastructure of this sector. It is actually neglected. The sector also lacks proper sanitation or sewage, lighting or drainage system. Life is pathetic here,” says Sanjeev Verma, who works as a zonal business head in DHFL, Delhi, and owns a house in M-block. “In the absence of proper roads and broken sewer lines, the sector also suffers from constant waterlogging,” adds Verma.
Further, the electricity poles are largely missing and till sometime back, residents had to pay Rs 15,000 to 20,000 from their pockets for cables to draw connection from poles that are 3-4 km away. “Now there are some poles but still many are required,” says another resident of the sector.
When contacted, the sector’s RWA had no clear answers to the problems, but maintained that they had forwarded the complaints of the residents to respective authorities.
“We have had a meeting with district magistrate Nagendra Prasad Singh, the RWA federation FONRWA, as well as concerned Authority officials about 10-12 days back on the matter and were assured speedy results,” says Sunil Yadav, president RWA Sector 70, adding the DM has issued directions to respective officials and assured results within one-and-a-half months.
Sector 70 is a relatively new sector with 5 % population comprising farmers from neighbouring villages such as Sarfabad etc. Most of the sector is open from all sides, hence security becomes an issue with lax law and order in the absence of regular police patrol.