OFFICES IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS GIVE ‘SLEEPLESS NIGHTS’ TO LOCALS

OFFICES IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS GIVE ‘SLEEPLESS NIGHTS’ TO LOCALS

Friday, 20 May 2016 | Sapna Singh | New Delhi

South Delhi residents are deeply upset with mushrooming of commercial offices in residential areas. Deepika Tuteja — architect and resident of South Delhi’s Saket E Block who aims to build first green block in the Capital — said apart from vehicular emissions, there are other factors which create health problems. “Inside the houses, people are not able to inhale fresh air because of day and night commercial activities  in commercial offices located in residential areas,” said Tuteja.

Many residents demand closure of officers in residential areas. While pointing out the existence of banks in the E-block, she said ACs and generators create noise and heat. “At the time when residents bought property here there was no commercial place whereas now, the situation has altered drastically with gradual increase in number of companies and because of this, people are having hard times,” she said.

Another resident Suman Kumar (name changed) said, “Why are the Government bodies just talking about vehicular emissions and construction dust? Nobody is willing to come out from their comfort zone to check the health hazards factors in residential colonies. Why are mobile towers being fitted in residential colonies? We cannot file complaints as our Resident Welfare Association president rented his property to banks.”

Residents in Karol Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, South Extension and Defence Colony are also facing the same problem. Kamal Sharma, who resides near Motor Market, said his house is in the market and he faces many problems. Gopal Krishna, environmentalist said pollution is generated from the ACs while industrial generators contribute to Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) in environment and both are harmful to human health.

“Be it large or small, the industrial or commercial zones should be separated from residential areas,” said Krishna.

This story was first published in the pioneer http://www.dailypioneer.com/city/offices-in-residential-areas-give-sleepless-nights-to-locals.html