When Delhi came out to vote on Sunday, there was one common issue that found resonance from Dwarka to Dilshad Garden and Chandni Chowk to Chittaranjan Park — lack of sanitation.
Apart from sanitation, the other major issues that made Delhiites vote in numbers unprecedented in recent memory were corruption, parking, bad roads and even price rise.
Sultana Begum, a resident of Matia Mahal in Chandni Chowk said, “No matter who comes to power in the MCD, the heaps of garbage remain where they are.”
Even for residents of upmarket areas in south Delhi, lack of sanitation is the biggest problem. “For the past five years we have been complaining about the lack of sanitation in the area,” said Manju Mehta, a resident of Anand Niketan.
Bad roads are the biggest grouse of northeast Delhi residents. “Roads here are in a horrible condition,” said Jai Prakash Tiwari, a resident of Karawal Nagar.
Parking was the major problem for residents of south and west Delhi. “We have been demanding a proper parking system in our area since years. Owing to lack of parking space, most of the service lanes remain occupied leading to traffic jams,” said Jagjeet Singh, a resident of Rajouri Garden.
Voters across the city also complained about corruption at all levels of the civic body and inaccessibility of councillors.
“The entire system is plagued by corruption. We want more transparency and accountability,” said Naresh Gosain, a resident of Lajpat Nagar III.
Though it is not an issue that’s directly related to the MCD, price rise was one of the biggest issues that voters said would decide their choice while voting. Many, however, said that corruption in MCD also leads to higher cost of living.
“This government failed to address the issues that affect the common man. We want councillors, who are closest to us, to address the issue of price rise and corruption,” said Shailesh Singh, resident of Bhanwar Singh Camp, Vasant Vihar.