Claiming that only a marginal number of their concerns were addressed in the grievance redressal committee’s meetings, city residents have alleged that the local administration prioritises the needs of those living in rural areas over theirs.
For redressing the problems of the residents, the Haryana government had constituted a grievance redressal committee in each district, which is headed by a minister. At present, Haryana agriculture minister OP Dhankar is heading the reconstituted committee in Panchkula.
As per practice, complaints of both rural and urban areas are forwarded by the local member of legislative assembly (MLA), members of the committee to the local administration. Some complaints are also collected at the end of each meeting. After scrutinising, a total of 15 complaints are included in the agenda of the next meeting.
In principle, the committee is supposed to redress the issues pertaining to both rural and urban areas. City residents however alleged that the committee only catered to the needs of the rural area. In the last two meetings of the reconstituted committee, held on April 11 and June 26, 30 issues pertaining to only villages were discussed.
Sector 12 resident welfare association’s (RWA) president Rakesh Aggarwal criticised the committee for ignoring the concerns of city residents. “I had submitted 15 complaints in the meeting held in April. Agriculture minister had assured that these complaints would be taken up in the next meeting but that failed to happen,” said Aggarwal. He urged the administration to pay equal attention to the complaints raised by residents of both rural and urban sectors.
Local MLA Gian Chand Gupta, on the other hand, maintained that the problems faced by rural residents were more severe and needed to be prioritised. He, however, said that they would strike a balance between the concerns raised by residents of both the areas in the next meeting.
Bad condition of roads is the main cause of concern of city residents. Although the task of carpeting the roads was inaugurated amidst much fanfare in March, the work allocated in the first-phase has not yet been concluded.
Other issues concerning them include erratic power and water supply; lack of sanitation; non-functional street lights; encroachments and non-availability of parking space.
Non-inclusion of RWAs
Different RWAs have objected to the non-inclusion of their representatives in the redressal committee. Lok Saravhitkari Society president Dalip Katyal said representatives from each RWA should be made members of the committee so that all the issues are highlighted and redressed properly.