Delhi?s getting dirtier
If you think our city is getting dirtier by the day, you are in agreement with a substantial proportion of Delhiites. The HT-CSDS Survey reveals 42 per cent of Delhi's voters think that cleanliness levels in their areas have fallen since 1998, the last time they voted for a new Assembly. Only 29 per cent feel that the situation has improved.
A clear majority of voters in assembly constituencies like Krishna Nagar, Saket, Nand Nagari, Patparganj and Badarpur feels that these areas used to be cleaner five years ago. However, a large proportion of voters in constituencies like Sadar Bazar, Nangloi Jat and Jangpura feel that cleanliness levels have gone up in these areas since 1998.
Slum areas and villages have always been regarded as having low levels of cleanliness. This impression does not seem to have changed.
Fifty-four per cent of slum-dwellers and 48 per cent of villagers express the opinion that cleanliness levels in their areas have fallen over the past five years.
On the other hand, only about 29 per cent of voters living in group housing societies and 33 per cent of voters living in government flats felt the same.
Considering the population by economic classes, a clear trend can be observed. As one goes down the prosperity scale, the proportion of those who say that cleanliness levels in their areas have fallen rises sharply.
While 35 per cent of the very rich say that the situation has deteriorated, as much as 50 per cent of the very poor express this opinion.