New Delhi, The capital city of India, has been known for its fantastic culture, food, and historical monuments. Many tourists, not only from other parts of India but also from around the world, visit this city every year to experience the beautiful culture and hospitality. Thanks to industrial development, job opportunities, and commutable distance from towns like Noida and Gurgaon, which is called the Silicon Valley of India, New Delhi has become the most populated city in India. But since the last decade, New Delhi has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Be it crimes against women, thefts, pollution, or overpopulation; New Delhi is becoming one of the worst places to live in India.
Here are some main reasons New Delhi is becoming the worst city in the country. -
Low quality of living
In 2017, New Delhi was ranked 161 globally in the Quality of Life Index Survey. Overall, Delhi is overpopulated. Hence there are a lot of pressure on resources like public transport, electricity, water supply, housing, etc. basic things required to live, like water, internet, groceries, and housing, are more expensive than in other parts of the country.
New Delhi is one of the most polluted capital cities in the world. The air quality in New Delhi is getting worse day by day. According to Air Quality Index (AQI), the air quality in all areas of Delhi ranges between 300 to 400 making it very poor. Plus, there are many videos available on the internet that show how New Delhi is often covered in smog. Due to this smog, visibility also drops. Many have also said breathing could be challenging, and people often feel chest congestion because of air pollution.
Despite all the problems listed above, New Delhi is the second most expensive city to live in India. The living expenses and accommodation costs are high in New Delhi. The average living fee in New Delhi is between 20,000 INR to 35,000 INR.
Because the daily necessities are so expensive and many are illiterate and unemployed, there has been an increase in poverty and slums. All these factors have made the city more crime-prone than any other city in the country.
Unsafe and lack of discipline
New Delhi has the highest crime rate in the country. This is due to poor infrastructure, illiteracy, lack of jobs, and, thus, poverty. Be it thefts, scams, crimes against women, and crimes against the elderly. New Delhi has recorded the highest number of vehicle theft cases in India.
Even though there is a famous saying in Hindi that “Dilwalon ki Delhi” (Delhi belongs to the large-hearted), sadly, Delhiites are often described as rude, lawless, filled with a bad attitude, and lack discipline. They are known for not following traffic rules and not respecting Police officers.
In 2009, India’s then Home Minister P Chidambaram said, “Delhiites should seize the opportunity provided by the Commonwealth Games and mend their ways to present the Capital as an international city, and it was high time the city folk went in for an attitude makeover.”
Crimes against women
In the last few years, there have been many cases that prove that New Delhi is unsafe for women. Whether the tragic Nirbhaya case of 2012 or the recent Kanjhawala case, these incidents have raised a question mark on the issue of women’s safety in New Delhi. While women’s safety is an issue observed worldwide, According to Indian Express’s report, six rape cases were recorded every day in New Delhi in 2022. Eve teasing of women on the streets of New Delhi is also very common. According to Legal Service India’s report, 90% of college women in New Delhi have experienced sexual harassment.
While all these facts hit hard, sound scary, and are demotivating, there is always a ray of hope. The government needs to focus on the country's overall development so that metropolitan cities can avoid over-migration and overpopulation and tier 2 and tier 3 cities can have more employment opportunities.
There is an urgent need for solutions to reduce pollution in Delhi and make the air more ‘breathable.’ While the government urges everyone not to burst crackers on every occasion, there also need to be strict rules for factories and industries to prevent polluted air from getting relented into the atmosphere.
Even though Delhiites are sometimes considered rude and lawless, the city is not filled with imperfect people. You will see many helping people, showing tourists the best places to eat in the town, and saving them from scams and bad people. But many agree that Delhiites need to be more sharing and caring.
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