This is a view from the top of our clinic building looking down on the “gali” – a narrow lane in the unplanned settlement of Jahangir Puri. The area has become established, with street lighting and electricity. You can even spot a few satellite dishes.
There is a metal barred gate to stop intruders from entering the block at night. It still has open drains in the street, but there is also a manhole cover. People work hard here to improve their lot. There are nascent signs of economic activity such as the young man peeling onions by the blue canopy.
It is narrow, but there is still space to park rickshaws and motorcycles, tucked against the wall.
Just like the walls, the population density is very high here. About half a million people live in the district, which is about four square kilometres in area.