Manicured lawns and gardens, wide roads and trimmed trees greet you in the upscale Sarvodaya Enclave colony. A few more steps into Begampur and you are transported into a world in contrast.
Though the two colonies share boundaries, the difference between the two is stark. Overflowing sewers and broken roads welcome you to Begampur.
Such contrasts are common in the Malviya Nagar constituency. Upscale areas share boundaries with unauthorised colonies that crave for basic amenities.
So while corruption, inflation and lack of parking space are basic issues for people living in planned areas such as Hauz Khas, Green Park, Sarvodaya Enclave and Safdarjung Development Area, in colonies such as Begampur and Khirki Village, sanitation and roads are the main demands.
“The colony is quite good and is surely among the better ones in the city. The amenities are in place. There are small issues such as the Monday market being removed. The issues in surrounding areas such as Begampur and Adhchini are much more pressing,” said Vidhya Vishvanathan, a resident of Sarvodaya Enclave.
People in these colonies recognise that a lot of work needs to be done.
“Sewers are overflowing and there aren’t any proper roads. People are falling ill because of water-logging. A lot of promises were made at the time of the last elections but nothing has changed on the ground. All the development that happens is on the other side of the road,” says Kusumlata Singh, a resident of Khirki Village, as she points towards the glitzy malls in Saket.
Some residents, however, acknowledged the work done in the past five years and were satisfied with sitting MLA Kiran Walia.
“There are a number of issues that need to be looked into but Walia has worked for the development of the area. It is certainly better than it was five years back,” said Imran Hafeez, a resident of Begampur.
In Green Park and Hauz Khas, meanwhile, the problems have remained the same. The lack of parking space is still a primary concern.
“The parking in Hauz Khas has been opened but it is still not complete. It is just a poll gimmick. The roads were repaired last month and storm water drains are not cleaned,” says Harish Khanna, who has been living in Hauz Khas for the past 30 years.
Gopal Tewari, who lives in X Block in Green Park, agrees.