Voters face lack of basic facilities at North West Delhi seat

  • | Friday | 17th May, 2024

Voters in the reserved constituency of North West Delhi constituency, which came into existence in 2008 following delimitation, face problems in basic facilities like water, electricity and sanitation, proper roads and connectivity. The constituency is being contested by BJP candidate Yogendra Chandolia and Congress and INDIA alliance joint candidate Udit Raj. This constituency has the second largest number of voters at 25,67,423 and comprises Narela, Badli, Rithala, Bawana, Mundka, Kirari, Sultanpur Majra, Nangloi, Mangol Puri and Rohini assembly segments. It has large rural belts where locals rely on dairy as well as traditional farming while the migrant population comprises mostly rickshaw pullers and industrial workers. There are also some housing societies that have sprung up in the last few years in Rohini. Migrant labourers rue the lack of employment opportunities and basic facilities like water and electricity while those residing in housing societies complain about incidents of street crimes. "After the 2019 elections, our MP Hans Raj Hans was hardly seen here. Though his attendance in Parliament was decent, I have no idea why he did not pay any visit, when needed, to listen to our problems," alleges Rithala resident Manohar Singh. A resident of Rohini Pradeep Bhatnagar said, "Roads are not wide and during peak hours, traffic is a major issue. Due to non- functioning of street lights, snatching of mobile phones and jewellery in the area is a major concern." People also say lack of sanitation facilities pose a threat to women when they step out of their homes early morning or after evening. Kishor Nath, a resident of Badli village, says, "There are very few public toilets and most of them are in horrible conditions. There are several open fields here and many people defecate in the open. Leaders must think about resolving such issues for the common people." Northwest Delhi is one of the most crime-prone areas in the capital. "We keep strict vigil round the clock on bootlegging and drug peddling. We have directed senior police officers to keep an eye on suspicious activities. No one is allowed to breach law and order situations at all," said a senior police officer. Factory worker Mukund claims many criminals are active in the area and they snatch mobile phones and money, adding they use weapons like knives or country-made guns whenever someone tries to resist them. "Several cases take place everyday. Most of the people do not report these matter to police out of fear," says Khurshid, a migrant labourer from Uttar Pradesh. According to Nupur Jain, a resident of Rohini, "Roads are not in good shape while snatching of mobile phones and chains is common. Supply of clean water is a major issue here. Many times, the water supplied is not fit for cooking. Without having an RO unit at home, one cannot use this water." Northwest Delhi is also home to a large number of migrant labourers from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Bihar as there are two industrial areas -- Narela and Bawana -- which have hundreds of factories. Jag Jeevan, an industrialist, says Bawana and Narela have more than 16,000 small and big industries but there is no proper connectivity with the highway and trucks have to pass through small lanes of the villages. "There is not even a dispensary where we can take a factory worker in case of any emergency.

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