‘Ours is a self-suf­fi­cient so­ci­ety’

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Shal­i­mar Bagh i s a rel­a­tively peace­ful area in North Delhi. I have been liv­ing here since 1984 and I have seen the place change for the bet­ter over the years. I live in AB Block and there are many such res­i­den­tial blocks here. We were al­lot­ted a plot by DDA (Delhi De­vel­op­ment Author­ity). To­day, a sim­i­lar sized flat will cost about ` 1 crore.

When I moved to the area from Old Delhi in 1984, there were hardly any roads, and the ex­ist­ing ones were not good ei­ther. How­ever, over a pe­riod of time, Shal­i­mar Bagh grad­u­ally de­vel­oped into a well- planned neigh­bour­hood i n nor t hwest Delhi. The roads are broad and each block has its own park. Most of the parks are main­tained well. The lo­cal mar­kets stock ev­ery­thing you need f rom g ro­ceries t o elec­tron­ics to home decor. So, in a sense, it is a self- suf­fi­cient neigh­bour­hood and we hardly ever have to step out of the lo­cal­ity.

Shal­i­mar Bagh is well­con­nected to the rest of the city and it also has two Metro sta­tions close by. Thanks to this, com­mut­ing has be­come faster and more con­ve­nient. The area has good in­fra­struc­ture – broad roads, open spa­ces, clean parks, and so on. Be­sides, we have never had prob­lems with ba­sic ameni­ties. There was a time when parts of the lo­cal­ity wit­nessed a wa­ter cri­sis, re­sult­ing in wide­spread i l l nesses among res­i­dents. How­ever, that has been sorted out now. There are plenty of good schools and hos­pi­tals in the area as well. Park­ing space is avail­able in the re­spec­tive res­i­den­tial blocks; how­ever, it is un­or­gan­ised, leading to con­ges­tion at times.

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