North West Delhi: Fight for Basics and Beyond

Published: 04th February 2015 03:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2015 03:41 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: High crime rate, parking woes, non-extension of Lal Dora areas and lack of adequate health care facilities are some of the pressing issues of the people of North West Delhi comprising a total of ten assembly segments.

The area has a mix of Dalits, Jats, Vaish and other  community members and is one of the most densely populated regions of Delhi.

North West Delhi, comprising urban and rural-urban areas, has assembly constituencies of Narela, Badli, Rithala, Bawana, Mundka, Kirari, Sultan Pur Majra, Nangloi Jat, Mangolpuri and Rohini.

Out of the 10 seats, BJP had emerged victorious in five seats while Congress and AAP won two each in 2013 election. One seat was won by an independent.

"We used to have open spaces around our houses 5-10 years ago, but today there is a surge of new houses here. There is no infrastructure to match the increasing population. Non-availability of parking spaces has led to many brawls here," complains 48-year-old Shobha, a housewife living in Rohini since the past 20 years.

The rural-urban nature of the area lends itself to a wide range of issues like the basic necessities of 'Roti, kapda, makan' as well as the those related to socio-political and economic conditions.

 "Having the Centre and state ruled by a common force has its own perks. There will be smooth co-ordination leading to removal of bottlenecks to development, otherwise there will only be contention," says Udit Raj, the incumbent BJP MP from the constituency.

The 54-year-old former IRS officer who defeated AAP's  Rakhi Birla by a vote margin of 1,06,802 from the constituency in the last Lok Sabha elections, feels that a smooth co-ordination between the Centre and the state is crucial for development.

High population density combined with paucity of space has forced people to demand extension of Lal Dora areas.

Non-extension of Lal Dora areas is a major issue for a large section of residents.

As per Section 81 of Land Reforms Act, Lal Dora areas were classified as part of the village habitation to be used for non-agricultural purposes only.

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