Janakpuri and Vikaspuri have uncanny similarities. They lie within kilometres of each other in west Delhi. Both were carved out in 1976. Both areas have a similar demography: Most people here belong to fixed income groups.
Not only this. Both areas are plagued with a similar set of problems — poor drainage system, low water supply and erratic sweeping of their localities. Residents in both Janakpuri and Vikaspuri say councillors come, have a look around and then go back to neglecting their problems.
“There are five MCD parks in our area. Not a single one has been maintained properly. People have stopped going for morning walks as the parks are dirty,” said SC Jain, a resident of D-Block, Janakpuri.
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MM Sethi, a resident of J-block, Vikaspuri, said, “Drains here are always choked. Every weekend, we go to the councillor and request him to assign somebody to clean the drains. But the councillors have failed us. Even the parks are not maintained. Roads are not laid. All councillors seem to shirk responsibilities.”
Residents also rue lack of security and say it is impossible to walk on roads in the evening as drunkards misbehave with women. "Our area is surrounded by slums. In the evening, drunken men misbehave with women. We have raised this issue with the councillors, but as usual, they have ignored us. Chain snatching is also common here,” said BR Bhakri, a resident of C-Block, Vikaspuri.
But in both areas, there are those who cannot stop praising their councillors. They believe their councillors have solved all the problems of the areas.
“Councillor Shyam Sharma has transformed our locality. All the drains have been covered, streetlights are working properly and residents have no complaints,” said Rajesh Budhiraja, general secretary, Residents Welfare Association (RWA), Janakpuri, BB Block.