Bad roads leave IP Extn residents breathless

Huge amount of dust in the air has led to many locals succumbing to respiratory diseases and skin problems

There's something in the air in east Delhi's Indraprastha Extension (IP Extn). And it's not doing anyone any good. Residents of the area are crying foul as the huge amount of dust in the air has led to many of them suffering from various illnesses.

Rugh ride: The dug-up roads in IP Extn are causing havoc among

The situation is being attributed to the badly dug-up roads in the locality, which have remained in the same condition for the past year. According to residents, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) dug up the roads last year for some sewer work. But there was no follow-up.

Madan Mohan Khatri. PICs/Imtiyaz Khan

Still waiting
Madan Mohan Khatri, General Secretary of IP Extn mahasangh said, "It has been a year now, but the work is not yet complete. We have made several complaints about it, but again, no action has been taken till now. People are falling ill with all the dust around. Many are suffering from allergies and skin irritation."

"The situation has adversely affected children as two schools are situated nearby. Because of this dust my son got skin diseases. I complained about this many times but no action has been taken yet by concerned authorities," said Sarita, resident of Vandana Apartments.

It's a steal!
Apart from this problem, another important issue is that there is an increase in theft cases in IP Extension. According to locals, 13 cases have been reported from seven different apartments in just three weeks. "The number of cases of theft has been increasing. In last three weeks, 13 cases of theft have been reported. No action has been taken yet even in a single case by police officials," said Khatri. According to police officials, "Incidents of theft have increased because RWA members recruit private security guards without police verification." 

The other side
Manju Gupta, MCD councillor from the area said that authorities will soon take action. "The roads should have been repaired earlier but because of Delhi Jal Board things got delayed. DJB made payments late affecting the whole process," she said.

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