Central but not so safe
Inderpuri is a residential area close to central Delhi, surrounded by an open green belt comprising the Pusa Agricultural Institute, the army cantonment and several forest and ridge expansions. The colony has always been a popular residential choice since the 1960s. Property experts say that the demand for residential properties in this area has continued to grow despite the skyrocketing real estate prices in recent years.
“Proximity to Connaught Place, New Delhi Railway Station, Karol Bagh, Naraina Vihar, Dhaula Kuan etc make this area attractive,” says Sumit Khurana, who has been living in Inderpuri for the past 40 years.
He adds, “The best thing about Inderpuri is that it’s a really peaceful place. You barely get to hear the honking of cars and other vehicles and the roads outside the colony are relatively free from congestion.”
Harish Arora, one of the first people to move in here and the president of the Inderpuri Resident’s Forum, a registered welfare body, talks about how the whole area was planned out by a private coloniser 50 years back.
“Inderpuri is divided into 10 blocks and plots in the sizes of 128, 200, 250, 300 and 500 square yards. Some blocks like ‘C’ are considered posh because the well-heeled live there and all plots measure about 500 sq yds. If we look at the topography of the colony, we are surrounded by the army cantonment area, Naraina Vihar, Pusa Agriculture Institute, Todapur village and Rajinder Nagar. Though close to central Delhi, Inderpuri comes under the south-west district,” says Arora. Residents attribute the sudden rise of Inderpuri’s population to the accelerated pace of construction in recent years. According to G D Taneja, president of the Inderpuri Sudhar Sabha “Initially only one floor was allowed but today since permission has been granted for four floors, construction is in full swing. Everyone is collaborating with developers to build four floors.”
The rise in population has led to problems. “The drainage system is quite old and unable to sustain the load of the increasing population. The drinking water supply pipes have leakage at several places because of this drinking water gets contaminated,” says Taneja.
Resident Anil Sharma says, “Erratic and insufficient supply of drinking water and inadequate parking space are the two major problems that we face. To make things worse the ground water is unfit for drinking.”
“Those planning this colony did not anticipate the need for key facilities like community centres, old age homes and recreational centres. While the greenery of the surrounding areas is a visible relief the interior of Inderpuri is nothing but a concrete jungle. There are three big parks out of which only two are well maintained. One DDA park is virtually in a mess.”
Some residents complain of a sudden spurt in petty crimes. “The jhuggi-jhopri colony close by and Todapur village are home to antisocial elements. They sneak into Inderpuri early in the morning or evening to commit crimes. It’s a menace We desperately require police vigil inside the colony,” says a resident.