‘We need basic amenities’
Ih av e b e e n living i n Patparganj for close to 30 years now, and I have seen the landscape of the area change significantly. Earlier, there were few houses and a lot of empty plots. I live in an independent house which was bought by my grandfather decades ago. Now, of course, there are apartments in the other areas of Patparganj. But Pandav Nagar, where I live, predominantly has independent houses. A lot of independent houses in and around Pandav Nagar have given way to flats – so, for instance, there may be close to 16 families living in one building (apartment complex), while a similar sized independent house earlier would have probably housed one or two families. The population here has increased over the years and this has led to a lot of congestion.
If you walk down Pandav Nagar, you will find that the roads are too narrow, and there is absolutely no green area here. The so-called parks, which are tiny enclosures in the midst of crowded markets and overpopulated residential buildings, have all dried up and they are not maintained. Parking continues to be a major hassle here. Besides, even basic f acilities like sewerage and clean drinking water have not been provided. In fact, the water problem is much worse during summer. Although we have approached the area councillor, not much has been done to clean up the area and make it clutter-free. Crime – especially chainsnatching – is on the rise too.
One advantage of Patparganj, though, is that it is easily accessible from any part of Delhi. I t i s well- connected to CP, ITO, Nizamuddin, etc. Noida is not too far away either. Besides with Akshardham and the Common Wealth Games Village in the vicinity, Patparganj has gained prominence. There is no Metro station here, as of now, but the ones in Akshardham and Laxmi Nagar are close by.
As t old t o Harini Sriram