The drain near the Sector 117 green belt has not been cleaned for nearly a year, the residents say
NOIDA: With no parks for the over 1,000 residents living in more than 300 plotted houses, forcing the children to play on the road and the elderly to take walks along the streets, Sector 117 is nothing less
than a concrete jungle. Residents said their repeated request to the Noida Authority to convert the two green belts in the area into parks with some benches and swings was yet to be met.
“Sector 117 is probably the only sector in Noida that has no parks. We have written to the Noida Authority officials many times in the matter, the latest being on March 30 this year, but nothing has been done so far,” Kosinder Yadav, the RWA president of the sector, told TOI.
According to Yadav, two green belts are maintained by the Authority near gates number 2 and 3. “We have urged the Authority to convert these green belts into parks or at least put some swings and benches so that residents and children can enjoy some greenery, especially during the summers,” Yadav said.
While the Authority’s officials maintain that a butterfly-shaped master green park has been developed on 1 acres in Sector 117, residents claim that the park is about 1.5 to 2 km from their houses.
“The master green park is not serving any purpose for residents as it is located at a distance that is too far for daily use. We want a park within the vicinity of our homes,” a resident of the sector said.
The residents have also blamed the Authority for not clearing a drain near the green belt of the 24-metre wide road of the sector for nearly a year. “It is full of dried leaves, concrete and overgrown shrubs now. Several complaints have been submitted, but each time we are told that earthmovers will be deployed soon,” Yadav said. When approached, a senior Authority official said the residents’ issues will be addressed soon