‘Parking is a major issue here’
Ihave been living in Saket, H Block, since 1999. I bought my apartment in 1982 for about ₹ 1.15 lakh or so, when it was allotted by DDA. Today, though, it is worth about ₹ 4 crore easily. Over the last 15 years or so that I have lived here, I have seen the landscape of Saket change gradually. The roads have been widened and with the setting up of the shopping malls on Press Enclave Road and the Metro station, the real estate potential of the area has increased manifold. Besides, of course, in the course of the last 15-odd years, the population here has dramatically increased, and that has led to some other problems typical of any urban space. For instance, earlier, there were no parking problems and societies had ample space to accommodate cars. Now, though, parking has become a major issue across the city, including our once- peaceful neighbourhood of Saket.
Crime rates have also increased in this area with instances of chain-snatching, vandalism and burglary on the rise. When I was president of the RWA here, I had met the then-chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, and we received funds to erect a compound wall around the colony to improve security. We have also been having trouble with an open nallah outside our colony. We have been pushing for some action regarding this – the simplest solution would be to cover the drain. The area has plenty of schools, but thanks to severe traffic jams, the safety of motorists, pedestrians and children trying to cross roads is in jeopardy. Even ambulances get stuck on this stretch putting lives at risk.