‘Traf­fic messes up our lives’

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Ihave been liv­ing here with my fam­ily for nearly 48 years now. We have grown up see­ing the growth of traf­fic in this area. A lot has changed with time in Darya­ganj. The area, in the heart of Old and New Delhi, used to once be lush green. How­ever, with the growth of com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion, it has be­come too con­gested. Now we have very few parks and play­grounds for chil­dren and se­nior cit­i­zens.

There has been a steady in­crease in the num­ber of shops, of­fices and ve­hi­cles. In spite of liv­ing in the heart of the city, one is dis­tanced from other parts of Delhi pri­mar­ily due to the traf­fic jams here all through the day. Most houses here do not have park­ing of their own. Traf­fic jam is at its worse at 2 pm as two big schools close at that time. Park­ing is a ma­jor concern here as peo­ple who don’t live here also come and park their cars on our roads. Dur­ing ral­lies in Ramlila Maidan, there’s such a rush of cars and peo­ple that we do not even have space to walk. In case the res­i­dents here need to drive to the hospi­tal for an emer­gency, even tak­ing out a car on the road is next to im­pos­si­ble as the roads are all jam packed.

The prop­erty prices have gone up quickly due to steady com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion and more and more res­i­dents are sell­ing off their prop­er­ties to pri­vate builders at good prices.

How­ever, park­ing here on roads should be banned com­pletely to en­sure a bet­ter life for res­i­dents who have de­cided to con­tinue liv­ing here. Feroz Shah Kotla or Ra­j­garh area should be used for park­ing, thus de­con­gest­ing the lanes here to al­low peo­ple to use their ve­hi­cles dur­ing emer­gen­cies.

As told to Rozelle Laha

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