Need bet­ter roads and park­ing

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Iam a res­i­dent of Kat­waria Sarai since the time of in­de­pen­dence. Land, once agri­cul­tural, was bought by the gov­ern­ment at throw­away prices - from just paise 50 paise per sq yard to ₹ 1.5 per sq yard. We were not happy with the com­pen­sa­tion. We had even filed a com­plaint in the court to fight for a bet­ter com­pen­sa­tion. How­ever, the gov­ern­ment had its way and we lost the en­tire com­pen­sa­tion amount fight­ing the case but the amount was not in­creased.

Against the back­drop of de­vel­op­ment in ter ms of in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties all over Delhi, this area has re­mained the same. Only the pop­u­la­tion has ex­ploded. De­spite the fact that we host a huge pop­u­la­tion of ten­ants, both fam­i­lies and stu­dents, there are no fa­cil­i­ties to ac­com­mo­date them. The lanes are ex­tremely nar­row, bumpy and con­gested with no pave­ments.

This area has no park­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Be­ing a non- gated area, even out­siders park their ve­hi­cles here. We also need a post of­fice. Se­nior cit­i­zens have to go to the one at Hauz Khas, which is nearly 3.5 km from here. The DDA apart­ments are lo­cated in a bet­ter place and the area is clean as com­pared to the mar­ket area. Wa­ter sup­ply, too, is good there.

How­ever, this place is very well- con­nected and a safe place for women. With young stu­dents flock­ing to this place, this place is vi­brant and lively.

With bet­ter main­te­nance of the roads and man­age­ment of park­ing is­sues, Kat­waria Sarai can be­come one of Delhi’s prom­i­nent mul­ti­cul­tural and youth-friendly ar­eas.

As told to Rozelle Laha

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