Cee’s Which Way Challenge

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.

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By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

7 comments

      1. This area started as a slum, then developed more infrastructure. The outer parts of jahangir puri are just shacks or wooden structures with a tarpaulin to keep out the elements. This bit is probably fifty years of age.

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