Cen­tral but not so safe

HT Estates - - Front Page - Jee­van Prakash Sharma

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.

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