‘We never run out of sup­plies’

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Iam 23 years of age and a re­la­tion­ship of­fi­cer with Amer­i­can Ex­press. I have been re­sid­ing in Govin­d­puri for the past eight years. Due to bud­getary con­straints, Govin­d­puri seemed to be a log­i­cal choice for my fam­ily to pur­chase a three-bed­room flat. Eight years ago, we bought a 120-square­yard flat for R12 lakh; to­day it is worth around R55 lakh.

The best thing about life in this lo­cal­ity is the fact that the shops which sell ev­ery­day es­sen­tials are open from 7 am to 11 at night. This en­sures that we are never too early or too late when it comes to pur­chas­ing es­sen­tials such as soap, tooth­paste and tea. Also, metro con­nec­tiv­ity of this area is fairly good. Though a vi­o­let line, the metro sta­tion is in close prox­im­ity to al­most ev­ery street of Govin­d­puri and runs to key places like the Cen­tral Sec­re­tariat and Badarpur. But yes life here does re­quire a lot of pa­tience as we have to con­tend with a slew of odds. Wa­ter log­ging on the streets and the gen­eral in­dif­fer­ence of the Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of Delhi are the worst prob­lems. Another dis­ad­van­tage is that houses here lack cross-ven­ti­la­tion and hence peo­ple are starved of fresh air and sun­light.

Also since there is no free­hold prop­erty here, it is im­pos­si­ble to avail of bank loans against prop­erty. These chal­lenges noth­with­stand­ing, many fam­i­lies like mine will choose to con­tinue liv­ing in Govin­d­puri be­cause of the fact that ev­ery­thing here is much cheaper when com­pared to al­most all other parts of Delhi.

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