People consuming liquor at roadside kiosks and eateries in Mayur Vihar I have become a daily nuisance for residents of the area. Most affected is the road connecting Mayur Vihar Extension metro station and Indian Oil petrol pump. A posh neighbourhood by daytime, the area soon transforms into a mini ghetto of kiosks and vendors selling snacks, disposable glasses, bottled water, cigarette and and pan masala at premium costs.
“This goes on from 7 pm to 10.30 pm every day," Jainath (who goes by his first name), a resident of Glaxo Apartments said. "A number of complaints were made to Delhi police, but nothing was done. Mayur Vihar police station is not even too far away.”
"Ever since Star City mall opened up 3 years back, this used to be a really safe zone. Now people buy their booze from the mall and start drinking on the roadside," said Ritesh Mahapatra, who has been a resident of Kirti Apartments for 15 years.
Women in the area feel unsafe while passing through the road. Kirti Singh, another resident of Kirti Apartments, told City Spidey that women and senior citizens tend to avoid the roads in the evening. "Cases of chain snatching, catcalls, speeding vehicles or unnecessary honking are a regular nuisance," she added.
The residents said that number of chains snatching incidents had gone up in the past two years. “Just two months back, a senior citizen, BN Pandey, was hit by a speeding car while out for his morning walk. Devi Singh, another senior citizen, was attacked by robbers in broad daylight. Such incidents have gone up," said Bhoop Singh, who takes care of DDA garden located in the area.