A SPRAWLING township under a private builder, which is mostly inhabited by retired defence personnel and equal number of ladies and kids alike, does not have much to offer when it comes to basic infrastructure. The contrast between reality and what's advertised is best exemplified by advertisements by property dealers who promote Palam Vihar as "well-planned, hi-tech, maintained housing area, great area." But the Ansals, who are responsible for its maintenance, along with local municipal bodies have a lot to answer as far as standard of living is considered when it comes to 21st century living. When approached Vice President Sunil Kumar Yadav of the Residents Welfare Association of Ansal's Palam Vihar, to elucidate on where Palam Vihar was falling short, the Vice President said that quality of civic infrastructure was affecting quality of life of the residents of Palam Vihar. Mr. Yadav lamented that inspite of giving a detailed account of what the resident's welfare association and the residents needed, the Ansals Group has not paid any heed to their requisitions. In a city where crime rate is high, housing societies and tax-paying citizens expect that at least basic law and order is taken care of and they don't have to worry about what would happen the next time they go out, or leave their house for a few days.
The RWA representative claims that 700 acres is what Palam Vihar is spread across and there should be a minimum of 100 guards to provide adequate security. The reality is that builders and their contractors do not even have 30 guards in total. Adding to the woes is the dilapidated condition of the guard rooms, which mostly stays inhabited with broken main entrances. Meanwhile, the residents of Palam Vihar also express concern about safety, cleanliness, and the situation of power, which is negatively affecting the quality of life of the residents. A retired professor said that the Palam Vyapar Kendra, which is a central shopping location in Palam Vihar, is very unkempt and dirty.
He further added that cases of thievery have been very frequent and unfortunately he himself was a victim when he went abroad with his family. Then there are stray animals, which give residents the jitters. Residents and shopkeepers spoken to said that frequent power cuts is affecting students, professionals, housewives, senior citizens and entreprenuers. For a supposedly well-planned area, Palam Vihar needs much more planning and execution in terms of co-ordinating with local municipal bodies and state government machinery in order to provide civic infrastructure that matches the expanse of the 'posh' area. After all, what good are tall buildings, mansions, schools, hospitals, and shopping complexes if they run on generators; no guards who can ensure security; thieves who can push off with your new car; and grime and rubbish strewn right opposite marble entrance.