For the residents of Gulshan Vivante in Sector 137, rampant robberies and thefts, lack of greenery and exorbitant electricity charges are issues that have made their less than idyll.
The residential society, built in 2015, is located near an under-construction Delhi Metro site in Sector 137 and has over 2,000 people living in 11 towers.
Residents say that recent incidents of thefts have shaken their faith in the police and administration. They allege that vehicles parked outside the society are often targeted by car-jackers.
“In the past one week, there have been four incidents of valuables being stolen from cars parked outside our complex. Since guest vehicles are not allowed inside, they have to park near the commercial market space. At least four residents have lodged complaints with the police regarding theft of valuables from their cars,” said SN Chaudhary, a resident of Gulshan Vivante.
Residents say a gang might be targeting parked vehicles.
“Law and order is a major issue in our sector as every day we see anti-social elements lurking around, trying to spot parked vehicles. They break the window panes of the vehicles and steal laptops, mobile phones, purses, handbags and other valuables,” said N Kashyap of Gulshan Vivante.
Despite numerous complaints, residents allege that police have shown a lax approach in dealing with these thefts. Residents have demanded setting up of a police chowki near their society.
“On Friday evening, a woman’s vehicle was targeted and her laptop and mobile were stolen. The police control room van which reached the spot refused to look into the matter. The repsonde has been similar in the other incidents as well,” said Chaudhary.
Police said they have taken cognizance of the matter and soon patrolling will be increased in the marked areas.
“After receiving numerous complaints from residents, we conducted a meeting on Saturday and it was decided that we carry out a campaign against these gangs of robbers. Also, patrolling will be increased in the marked areas,” said Manish Saxena, station house officer, Surajpur police station.
Lack of Greenery
Residents complain that their sector and complex’s surroundings lack greenery and not much has been done by the authority in this matter
“Gulshan Vivante is surrounded by under-construction high rises and, due to the on-going work, there is dust everywhere. There are no plants on the roadside and the entire area looks barren. Not much has been done by Noida authority in this matter,” said Pravin Dhyani of Gulshan Vivante.
Residents have demanded beautification of a nearby park and alleged that the space is now being used for dumping waste from nearby construction sites.
“There is no area for our children to play and we just have a small compound for them inside our society. The park in the rear is a suitable choice for a recreational field but it is being used as a dumping ground, “said Lakshmi Kant of Gulshan Vivante.
Mukesh Sharma, horticulture inspector of Noida authority, said his department has already initiated the process of beautification of parks.
“We have written to the project engineer of the work circle concerned to build a boundary wall from all sides of the park. As soon as, the walls are erected, we will begin the process of beautification,” he said.
Exorbitant electricity rate
Residents have also complained that ‘Gulshan Homz’, the developer, is charging them exorbitant electricity rates.
“We have prepaid electricity connections for the past two years. Every month, we get a recharge coupon of a certain amount after which our supply is connected. However, the management has added club and maintenance charges to the electricity bill. There is absolutely no transparency when it comes to electricity bill charges,” said Isha of Gulshan Vivante.
“We demand that the management provide us a clear breakdown of the charges incurred in the prepaid amount that we submit twice or thrice a month,” said Arpit Pareek of Gulshan Vivante.
Dimpy Gulati, deputy general manager of Gulshan Homz, said the matter is being probed and soon a meeting will be called to iron out the issue.
“We have offered excellent services to our residents and we will continue to do so. Whatever complaints are coming, those will be resolved at the earliest. There will be complete transparency,” Gulati said.