‘We don’t have water problems’
When I moved to Dilshad Garden in the year 1996, the area was in a shambles. Plots had been developed and colonies were laid out. Yet, nothing was organised. The parks in the residential blocks were in an abysmal condition as they had not been maintained. The roads were not good and the sewerage lines were often clogged, causing a lot of inconvenience to residents.
Gradually, things started to change. In around 1997, when I took over as president of the C Block RWA and elderman of Dilshad Garden, I approached the authorities and ensured that good roads were laid, and parks were maintained. We also run a senior citizens’ recreation home to cater to Dilshad Garden has undergone a sea change over the years. Now that the area has three Metro stations – Dilshad Garden, Jhilmil and Mansarovar, connectivity has improved to a great extent. It is well-connected by road too. The DDA market here is quite good and everything you need is available in the markets in most of the blocks here. The area also has some good schools and hospitals, and is pretty much self-sufficient. We do not have a problem as far as water or electricity is concer ned. Instances of chain-snatching are being reported frequently though. Most of the colonies have security guards on duty all day and night, so there is no major security concern as such.
Most of t he drains i n the area, however, are in bad shape. This has been a concern for years. We have approached the corporator and we have been told that work will commence soon. The residents need to have some civic sense. You cannot use the park as a dumping ground for garbage. It is sad to see people do that here.