It was in 2008, when Rakhshanda Jalil had written a write-up in TOI about the neglect of Jamia Nagar.
Today very little has changed.
“…So, while a great many Muslims no doubt prefer to live in the Muslim-dominated neighbourhoods of Shaheen Bagh, Ghaffar Manzil, Noor Nagar, Zakir Nagar, Batla House, Abul Fazal Enclave et al for reasons of security, many, I suspect, do so because they are left with no choice. They come in droves to live in some of these over-congested ill-equipped localities that are no better than urban slums…
“And what do the civic authorities do to tackle the chaos that unspools from these densely-packed warrens? … pockets of abysmal neglect exist cheek-by-jowl with oases of privilege,” she wrote.
Ten years down the line the situation has not improved a lot. Residents lament that piled up garbage on roadside, broken roads, roadside encroachment and lack of basic amenities and overflowing open nallah in Abul Fazal Enclave can be found in the locality.
“The situation is really bad. Development works should be taken up on priority basis. Health wise the area is not good as dust on road is common thing. If you travel by bike or gramin or auto you can easily feel large chunk of dust choking your lungs,” said Jawed Khan.
Residents claim that encroachment, mushrooming workshops and parking of vehicles on roadsides have made their lives hard. With little action from representatives, many residents have now stopped complaining as for them they are just getting habituated to live in such conditions.