Need better roads and parking
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