Administrative apathy plagues markets in Dwarka

The sector 4 market in Dwarka is plagued with conditional problems and the administrative indifference towards them

The sector 4 market of Dwarka has for long served the residents of the sub-city, and citizens of the capital who wish to tread over to Dwarka for shopping and other such reasons.

The wide variety of outlets to cater to the needs of the visitors had made the market eligible for entry into the list of the busiest markets in the residential suburb a long time back. At present, the popularity is still increasing, and so is the footfall. However, among the many tags that the destination has claimed over the years, ‘Shabby’ is one now.

In a recent on-foot analysis by our team members, numerous problems were noticed in the market area. A poorly functioning sewer system which regularly overflows, damaged floors, garbage scattered wherever a head turn to and encroachments are among the many problems noticed during the visit. The Sector 4 market has been in this pathetic condition for a worrying stretch of time now.

The residents of sector 4 division and the adjoining localities that make up the majority of the visiting crowd experience the deplorable condition on a daily basis. According to the residents, neither the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) nor the Municipal Corporation takes much notice of the lamentable situation.

The market fills the central area of the residential suburb of Dwarka, and yet such administrative apathy is incredible. Apart from the garbage that lies scattered and unattended to by the concerned persons, the dilapidated floor of the market is another cause of worry. Visitors say that the floor of the place has been in damaged condition for a long time. Some of the visitors who cared, even got in touch with the concerned authorities, but no concrete action (literally) was initiated.

Another aspect that contributes to the pathetic market condition is the occasional encroachments by unauthorized vendors. During the Durga Pooja this year, the encroachments were cleared, but now they have made a comeback. Allegedly, these things are done in the connivance of authorities.

The power factor in the discussion in relation to the topic made people in the market reluctant to talk about the situation openly. A shop owner we met, on the condition of his anonymity, agreed to talk. As he spoke about the situation, he told us that the violations of spaces in the area take place under the shadow of tacit agreements between influential people and the administration.

As they allow encroachments by unauthorized vendors, open spaces meant for public use get occupied. These vendors also dispose off their wastes directly in sewers, leading to blockages. Even the green patches in the market have been wrongly occupied, upon the general condition of regular rents, demanded by shop owners in front of whose shops such vendors put up.

By Jatin Pandey

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