Indirapuram was conceived in the early 1990s by the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) as one of the first planned townships in Delhi/NCR. It took a lot of time to get things underway, but by the early 2000s, Indirapuram was on the road to development. There was great excitement about the new township in real estate circles due to its great location on NH 24 and also because of its good connectivity with surrounding areas of Delhi and Noida. The fact that it was a planned township meant that it would be constructed in a way that residents are able to enjoy the best possible amenities and infrastructure.
Over the years, Indirapuram has made a lot of progress in certain areas. The real estate market in Indirapuram grew a lot in the first few years and now there are more than 1.2 lakh people living in the locality. Plenty of malls and retail centers also came up in the area, along with educational institutions. But other necessities for residents suffered at the same time. These have led to several civic issues in Indirapuram which are adversely affecting the growth of the real estate market here.
Health care was one area which the authorities failed to address in Indirapuram. While there are several private hospitals which are present in Indirapuram, there is not even a single government hospital in the area. This means that residents who cannot afford the expensive treatment at private hospitals have no recourse in case of health problems and emergencies.
But perhaps the biggest civic issue that is plaguing Indirapuram is that of waste disposal. Because of the massive population boom in the region and the sloppy waste disposal system put in place by the GDA, Indirapuram and its streets have become dirty and congested. The waste disposal system resembles that of old, unplanned Indian cities where garbage is usually dumped either in open garbage bins along roadsides, or in vacant plots. Both of these methods of garbage disposal are extremely harmful to the quality of life and health of residents and also make the locality aesthetically unpleasant. The problem of garbage disposal is so bad that in certain areas it is impossible for residents to open windows or stand on their balconies due to the stench.
Indirapuram still has a lot of potential for growth – it has a good location, great connectivity and a burgeoning population. But the GDA has to prioritize the solution to civic issues in order for the potential to be fulfilled.