With the election of the councillor for area of Vasundhara Enclave falling under Ward number 214 of East Delhi Municipal Corporation due tomorrow, residents are hopeful that pending issues will be resolved soon.
The area has had no councillor for over two years now. This is because the last councilor of the ward Vinod Kumar Binny was elected as MLA from Laxmi Nagar in December, 2013, and since then this ward of EDMC has had no councillor.
Consequently, over passage of time, many issues have come up which need attention. Residents claim basic amenities like parks, streetlights, drains and sanitation in the area are in state of neglect. Officials of EDMC are not bothered about their problems. The by-poll for the post of councillor has been delayed by about eighteen months.
GC Sharma, vice-president of NDSE Housing Society, said, “When Vinod Kumar Binny was the councillor of this area, he took care of every civic problem like sanitation and maintenance of parks. Whenever we went to him, he resolved our issues and we never returned empty handed.”
His views were shared by most of residents from different societies. They said two years ago, they had a permanent councillor who, most of time, solved their problems.
Shabnam Kumari, a resident of Anekant Apartments, said, “There are a number of problems like choked drains, poor sanitation and breeding of mosquitoes. We have complained to our MLA Manoj Kumar and despites his assurances, nothing has been done about them.”
According to JM Aggrawal, a resident of Samarat housing society, clogged drains outside and inside the society has been major problem. He said, “During the rainy season, water from Dallupura and Ashok Nagar enters the society and chokes drains, which results in breeding of mosquitoes.”
SC Bhatia, treasurer of Joint Forum of Vasundhara Enclave, said, “We need a permanent councillor who would look after the basic amenities of our area. Whoever is elected should work for welfare of Vasundhara Enclave.”
Political parties like AAP, Congress and BJP have fielded Yogesh Dedha, Anand Kumar and Vinod Kumar Binny respectively. Polling will take place on Sunday.
Vasundhara Enclave is a big residential area in East Delhi comprising of at least 55 housing societies with over 5000 families.