The local shopping center of Dwarka Sector 6 has been suffering from lack of civic amenities since a long time. The market is located near DAV school and its deteriorating condition has become a source of constant headache for the people residing in its vicinity. Local residents and shopkeepers complain that neither the South Delhi Municipal Corporation nor the DDA is serious about its maintenance.
The shopkeepers have alleged that since the time of its establishment, the market has been suffering from issues such as choked drains, wild growth of bushes, damaged surfaces, dirty premises, water scarcity, poor lighting and unavailability of toilets among others.
Meenakshi Dahia, a resident of Sector 6, who is a regular visitor to the market said, “I have been witnessing the deteriorating situation of the market since the last five years. The whole premises of the market are damaged and a heap of garbage and building material can be seen everywhere. The Municipal Corporation could at least ensure the cleaning of the premises.”
The shopkeepers have claimed that due to poor lighting, anti-social elements converge here in the night and create ruckus.
Hardesh Gupta, a shop keeper told City Spidey that the market becomes highly insecure during the night. He said that miscreants had recently made an unsuccessful attempt to break into his shop and set fire to it. He also showed City Spidey the copy of the police complaint regarding the matter.
“Due to the absence of lights, the market has become a hub for drug addicts and anti-social elements. We have informed the civic agencies and the police about the deteriorating situation but they have turned a blind eye to our problems. There is not a single light inside the market. Moreover, the road in front of the market is dark despite having electricity poles and bulbs,” said Gupta.
The shopkeepers also complained that the market is in very bad shape as far as sanitation is concerned and no steps have been undertaken for disposal of sewage.
“At least they could provide dustbins. SDMC is providing dustbins to all the markets but this market has been neglected,” said Neeraj Kumar, a shopkeeper.
City Spidey also spoke with Kamaljeet Sehrawat, Mayor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation on the subject of maintenance. She said, “I will direct the concerned officials to look after the sanitation issue. Dustbins would be provided to the market. As far as the maintenance is concerned, that falls under DDA’s jurisdiction.”
When City Spidey approached Chief Engineer of DDA, Dwarka SN Singh regarding the matter, he replied that necessary action will be undertaken.