Clear en­croach­ments here

HT Estates - - HTESTATES -

Lo­cated in Vikas Marg, Laxmi Na­gar is one of the most con­gested ar­eas in east Delhi. I have been stay­ing here for more than 40 years now. This once used to be a peace­ful area for res­i­dents. How­ever, its close­ness to cen­tral Delhi and good Metro con­nec­tiv­ity with NCR has made it one of the most jam-packed lo­cal­i­ties in the city. As the shop­keep­ers open their doors, the area gets crowded with shop­keep­ers, visi­tors from lo­cal­i­ties close by and shop­pers.

With shop­keep­ers keep­ing half of their com­modi­ties out­side their units, gar­ment sell­ers us­ing pave­ments to dis­play clothes, and shop­pers park­ing on the main road, the area is not safe for pedes­tri­ans, young chil­dren and se­nior cit­i­zens. With time, the pop­u­la­tion ex­ploded in the area, pri­mar­ily be­cause of owners let­ting out houses at throw­away rental prices. Though the con­sump­tion of power and wa­ter has more than dou­bled in the area, no ex­tra trans­form­ers have been in­stalled by BSES. As a re­sult, sum­mers are ter­ri­ble. Al­most ev­ery day dur­ing the sum­mer months, res­i­dents are faced with ma­jor power cuts. Though the area has sev­eral play­grounds, th­ese are not clean enough.

Shop­keep­ers must be limited to their premises and not al­lowed to en­croach upon foot­paths for stor­ing and dis­play­ing com­modi­ties.

RWAs should be in­formed well in hand about power cut tim­ings and park­ing prob­lems must be ad­dressed to make this a bet­ter res­i­den­tial area.

As told to Rozelle Laha

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