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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Forgotten memories and gated colonies

As you drive down Shalimar Bagh, you are greeted by broad roads flanked by large parks. True to its name, the area was once a beautiful garden, dating back to the Mughal period.

‘Ours is a self-sufficient society’

'Shalimar Bagh is well-connected to the rest of the city and it also has two Metro stations close by.Thanks to this, commuting has become faster and more convenient'

‘Encroachments, crimes a problem’

Located near Shahdara, Bhajanpura and Maujpur and planned by DDA 30 years ago, Yamuna Vihar is today plagued with many civic problems

‘We need a metro station’

'We were promised a metro station as part of Phase 3 of Delhi Metro, but when the final plan came out, Yamuna Vihar had not been listed'

Top marks for location

Location is everything in real estate - and Sarita Vihar in south Delhi has a great advantage in being close to the borders of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

‘We sing, dance and play’

"I have fond memories associated with Sarita Vihar and nice things to talk about the colony," says  G I Sikari, a resident of K block.

Cramped and cluttered

Despite a ban on any new construction in unauthorised colonies, construction work is in full swing in Abul Fazal Enclave II (Shaheen Bagh)

'Living here is a real challenge'

"Things are much better in Abul Fazal Enclave I and this reflects in the property prices," says Yusuf Jamal, a resident

Happiness and discontentment

Here is a look at Majnu Ka Tilla which is home to a large Tibetan population   

'We thank the government'

"We feel highly obliged as the government has decided to regularise our colony," says Karten Tsering, resident, New Aruna Nagar.

‘Safety a big issue here’

Not many people like to venture out once it gets dark in Sector 82, Noida, especially the women

‘More police patrolling needed’

"It’s a good residential colony in terms of basic services but certain issues vex us," says Harinder Singh, resident, sector 82  

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