SAFETY, CLEAN­LI­NESS AND PARK­ING - KEY IS­SUES THAT NEED AT­TEN­TION

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - – Aan­chal Bedi

One of the most watched out for con­stituency go­ing to polls to­day in Delhi is its Cen­tral hub. Peo­ple who re­side in this lo­cal­ity con­sider is­sues such as wa­ter and elec­tric­ity sup­plies, bet­ter roads and ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties, price rise and cor­rup­tion as the most im­por­tant. Lekhika In­do­ria, a school teacher, says, “Peo­ple in the area need bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture and im­prove­ment in civic con­di­tions. Civic agen­cies need to work harder and bet­ter to im­prove clean­li­ness in this part of the town. Public safety, es­pe­cially that of women should be the prime fo­cus of the new gov­ern­ment. There are no CCTV cam­eras in Pa­har­ganj, I can­not even imag­ine ven­tur­ing out of the house af­ter 6 pm. Strict laws should be made to en­sure se­cu­rity and ev­ery area should have po­lice sta­tions with spe­cial women’s se­cu­rity force. An­other is­sue is wa­ter short­age. Safe drink­ing wa­ter and in­ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply are big is­sues.” An­other res­i­dent of Mo­tia Khan, Sad­han Agar­wal says, “Through the Metro has eased traf­fic woes to a large ex­tent, traf­fic con­ges­tion is­sues con­tinue to persist. Lack of proper park­ing spa­ces, in­ad­e­quate power sup­ply and poor con­di­tion of roads are other is­sues that need to be ad­dressed. Strict ac­tion should be taken against peo­ple for spit­ting and lit­ter­ing on roads, es­pe­cially in ar­eas like Pa­har­ganj, Mo­tia Khan and Sadar Thana Road.” De­spite the Swach Bharat Ab­hiyan ini­ti­ated by the gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre, garbage dis­posal re­mains a huge prob­lem in this area, says Shradha Sharma. “The lo­cal au­thor­i­ties should take clean­li­ness and san­i­ta­tion is­sues se­ri­ously. In terms of in­fra­struc­ture, I want more public toi­lets, es­pe­cially for women at a dis­tance of ev­ery 2 km, many more CCTV cam­eras for proper sur­veil­lance and strict penalty for those who spit and uri­nate in public places,” she says.

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