Patel Nagar does not have much to complain about. Most parts of the constituency comprise posh colonies with parks and good connectivity.
But what most people here are peeved about are unregulated e-rickshaws. From stations to residential areas, these rickshaws are everywhere. They block the right of passage and affects traffic movement on roads.
“If you are travelling by car, entering the colony from the main road is a hard task as most of the road is encroached upon by e-rickshaws. There is no regulation on them and the number keeps on growing,” said Sharad Singh, a resident of south Patel Nagar.
Lack of parking space is another problem the residents complain about. Almost every household here has two or more cars but there’s no space to park them in the house. So people end up parking their cars outside the house, which results in congestion in the bylanes.
“I shifted to Patel Nagar some 20 years back and it has all the facilities of a good residential colony. From parks to greenery, it has everything. But in the recent past, parking has emerged as the main problem as people have 2-3 cars but no space to park,” said Sarvesh, a resident of Rajendra Place.
But MLA Rajesh Lilothia considers it as a positive side. “This is a sign of social development in the area and buying vehicles is the right of every citizen. But as that is eating into parking space, we need to think seriously about having a multi-level parking facility,” he said.
Apart from east, west and south Patel Nagar, the constituency include areas such as Rajendra Place, Prasad Nagar, Baljeet Nagar and Prem Nagar. Here, residents are more concerned about the safety of vulnerable groups such as women and senior citizens. “There have been instances of snatching and we advise our daughters not to walk home alone after dark,” said Shradha Saini, a resident of Patel Nagar.
The MLA is trying to make women feel confident and has formed a ‘Nirbhaya Squad’, where members are given training in self-defence. “We have distributed pepper sprays among the members of the squad, who number nearly 6,000. We also give them training in martial arts. My target is to provide such training to 25,000 girls of my constituency,” said Lilothia.