No place for senior citizens
Ihave been living in Lajpat Nagar–II since the 1950s. We came in as refugees from west Pakistan and were allotted a two-room single-storey tenement which had to be shared by nine members of my family. It was difficult but we worked hard, and gradually renovated our building to make it more modern and comfortable. A lot of people sold their buildings to developers who, in turn, re-developed them into multi-store y apartments and provided an apartment of preference to the original owners. Most apartments that you see in the area have been developed in this manner. Independent/ builder floors are common and much preferred in this locality among those looking to invest or stay as tenants.
The highlight of this area is, of course, the Central Market. Properties in and around the market, however, bear the brunt of commercialisation. Parking, as anyone familiar with the area will tell you, is a nightmare. In the 1960s and 70s, we used to cycle down these very roads. It is unimaginable now, considering the never-ending flow of cars on this stretch. Newly built apartments do make provision for parking, but even that is not enough, as sometimes, visitors to the market end up parking their vehicles in the apartment premises.
The roads are in bad shape and are dug up constantly. Pedestrians have a tough time, as the pavements are encroached upon by vendors. But the worst hit are senior citizens, as it is difficult for people like me to live amidst such commotion. Even crossing a road is scary!