The slums continue to develop and existing slums densify more as the government fails to provide the required demand of residential area in Delhi. On the contrary, the areas like Vasant Vihar which has plotted housing; mostly houses the economically richer people, create high boundary walls and various gates for security purposes. This stark contrast and division between the two classes seem to magnify more and can itself be considered as a catalyst for increased disconnection between the two as the colonies housing richer class feel more insecure with the slums in the vicinity. The high boundary walls in some of the residential colonies are also reflective of their limited physical interaction and increasing dependency on electronic media for communication.
Also, despite of the metro connectivity in various areas like Tis Hazari itself, people continue to use private transport resulting in congested roads and parking problems. On the other hand, the metro connectivity in Delhi has also enabled the people to travel much larger distances for recreational as well as professional purposes resulting in tremendous increase in radius of distances people travel for work and recreation.
The ignorance of Yamuna River in Delhi which is now reduced to mere sewer dumping water body. Also, various other natural features like ridge are neglected completely with no physical interaction.
Despite all this, Delhi has been constantly evolving in order to tackle with various problems. Delhi is the city of the multiplicity and diversity and each area is integral, related and dependent on each other.
Ar. Rohit Bharti
Senior Faculty, IVS School of Design