It is 1:30 am and the streets in Abul Fazal Enclave wear a deserted look with most of the residents hitting bed and the city is covered with smog with zero visibility.
But in one block of AFE a man is seen awake and standing in the street to make sure that nobody, including stray dogs, spoils the newly plastered road just very close to his house.
“The waterline in my house was not working properly and hence got some work down. The road was dug. I made sure to get it plastered so just waking to make sure nobody plays the spoiler,” said Md Shahid Ali.
It is very common to see in Okhla people getting boring done on the road by digging the road and then leaving it in bad shape. However, there are many people like Ali, who make sure that the roads are not broken and left with potholes.
The move has been appreciated by several residents. “It is good thing to do. We need to take care of the road and cleanliness in the locality. We should have more people like Ali who is serious about such issues. Usually it is seen that people are least bothered about their surroundings. So at least here is a man who has taken care of things and made sure that the dug road is repaired. And the good thing is that he got it done from his own pocket,” said Javed Khan, another resident.