Dwarka: Despite complaints, no signs of improvement in this market!
It’s been a year since City Spidey reported about the poor state of the local shopping centre in Sector 6, Dwarka, popularly known as “the market of banks.” Despite being assured by the authority concerned that the issue would be looked into, there are still no signs of improvement.
Residents of the sector, visitors and shopkeepers have been demanding basic amenities and maintenance. Lighting and sanitation are among their top concerns among other issues, such as water and power supply. However, several complaints filed by the locals have failed to yield any significant result.
Rupashree Sarkar, who runs a sweet shop in the market, tells City Spidey, “The condition of the market hasn’t improved since the time I set shop here about two years ago. Garbage is dumped everywhere and as the sanitation staff don’t come regularly, heaps of garbage have accumulated. The stench is hard to bear, which not just affects health, but my business too.”
Garbage dumped in the market
Choked drains also aggravate the problems in the market. Sarkar says, “We’ve cleaned the drains many times at our own cost. But lack of proper waste disposal soon takes us back to square one.”
With over 50 shops and six nationalised banks, the market witnesses a significant footfall. But lack of proper lighting makes it difficult for people to visit the market after sundown.
Sarkar adds, “I close my shop around 9.30-10 pm. As the area is not properly lit, it’s difficult for me to travel back home on my own. My husband comes to pick me up every day.”
Rashmi Arora, a resident of Ramphal Chowk, Sector 7, says, “I come here to visit a bank. As the market and the nearby areas are not well-lit, I don’t feel safe coming here after it gets dark.”
City Spidey tried to contact SDMC officials, but they were not available for comment.
Choked drains in the market