No place for se­nior cit­i­zens

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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!

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