‘Park­ing is a ma­jor is­sue here’

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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.

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