Tucked in the southern tip of the posh NDMC area, Pillanji Village is visibly scarred by rapid urbanisation. Haphazardly built houses seem to have come up without much planning. In the middle of a lone lane, a sewage line is in the process of being installed. Cars can’t enter. The occasional two-wheelers somehow manage to get in through a tough pathway.
This too is part of the ambitious Smart City project being undertaken in Central Delhi which houses the elegant Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone. Born and brought up in Pillanji Village, Nitin Kumar, a yoga trainer, said he has heard of the smart city initiative, but was mostly confused whether the new streetlights and sewer lines being laid were because of smart city or because MP Meenakshi Lekhi adopted the village.
In the same village, 60-year old Jaspal Yadav, who runs a grocery shop, hopes for better healthcare services in the New Delhi Municipal Council’s (NDMC) smart city plan. “Not that services are bad but we are told that in a few years from now our area will be like a foreign country,” he said.
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