‘Se­cu­rity is a se­ri­ous con­cern’

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When I re­tired as a lieu­tenant colonel from the In­dian Army in 1995, I de­cided to buy a flat in Sec­tor 37. Be­fore that I was liv­ing on rent in Greater Kailash 2, Delhi. I once had an op­por­tu­nity to stay in a rented flat in Sec­tor 37 when I was trans­ferred to the Army Head­quar­ters in Delhi in the ’80s. This sec­tor at­tracted me for the fa­cil­i­ties it had, such as a CSD can­teen, med­i­cal ser­vices at a walk­ing dis­tance and a lo­cal mar­ket which used to take care of our day-to-day needs. I then de­cided to set­tle down here af­ter my re­tire­ment. So, in 1995, I bought a 3BHK flat mea­sur­ing about 1800 sq ft for R10 lakh. The price at the time of al­lot­ment in 1985 was R4 lakh and to­day it is val­ued any­where be­tween R90 lakh and R1 crore. At present, I am serv­ing as an as­sis­tant di­rec- tor (se­cu­rity and fire safety) in Amity Univer­sity, just a few kilo­me­tres from my house. With two Metro sta­tions — Botan­i­cal Gar­den and Golf Course — sit­u­ated on two sides of Sec­tor 37, con­nec­tiv­ity with other ar­eas has be­come easy and has­sle free.

The Sec­tor 18 mar­ket is at a walk­ing dis­tance. Plenty of good schools have come up in the past few years. Se­cu­rity, how­ever, is a se­ri­ous cause for con­cern. In the past few months, in­ci­dents of petty theft, chain snatch­ing, car­lift­ing etc have gone up. This needs to be taken up se­ri­ously be­cause Sec­tor 37 has many sin­gle and old res­i­dents. I think the se­cu­rity guards de­ployed at var­i­ous gates need to be quite vig­i­lant and po­lice pa­trolling should in­crease.

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