‘We don’t have wa­ter prob­lems’

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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.

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