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Delhi Cantonment: shiny colonies facing common man's problem, 'Inflation'

On the surface, residents of the Delhi Cantonment constituency are a content lot. They have the best of amenities -- good roads, no scarcity of water or power and adequate green spaces.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2013 20:04 IST
Ritam Halder

On the surface, residents of the Delhi Cantonment constituency are a content lot. They have the best of amenities -- good roads, no scarcity of water or power and adequate green spaces.

But scratch that surface and you find worried faces. Inflation has been hitting them hard. Jairam Ray, a resident of RK Puram Sector 13, said, "The rising price of power is killing the common man. So are the prices of everything else. Apart from that, things look good, except that there is waterlogging every time it rains," Ray said.

His neighbour Rita Nanda agreed. "Bring down the rocketing price of onions and we will cast our votes in your favour," Nanda said.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) looks after nearly 40 per cent of the constituency while the Delhi Cantonment Board manages the rest.

Manju Kirpal, a housewife from Moti Bagh, said security of women was one of the major issues in the entire Capital. "Delhi is not at all safe for women and that issue remains unaddressed even after the December 16 incident. Our area is safer but it gets scary if one leaves the locality," Kirpal said.

Her neighbour, Santosh, felt more employment opportunities should be created. "If a party gives us jobs, we will give it our votes," she said.

The vast Delhi Cantonment area is dotted with offices, flats for armed forces, bungalows, gardens, training grounds etc. The well-maintained roads make it easy to navigate through the area with ease, reflecting the discipline of the army.

Sheela Devi, a resident of one of the Delhi Cantonment flats, is one of the few people in her area to have got a voter ID card. "The volunteers of political parties are helping people get their voter cards," she said.

According to her, there are not many problems in the cantonment area. "We remain untouched by issues such as water and electricity scarcity. The Army provides us many facilities. But inflation needs to be tackled," Sheela added.