DDA allots leisure hall to ngo, locals cry foul
Leena Sahani (73) and her neighbour Sarita Devi (78), residents of Safdarjung Enclave, were looking forward to spending afternoons in a nearby recreational hall during the monsoons, when rain would restrict visits to nearby Deer Park.delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2010 00:21 IST
Leena Sahani (73) and her neighbour Sarita Devi (78), residents of Safdarjung Enclave, were looking forward to spending afternoons in a nearby recreational hall during the monsoons, when rain would restrict visits to nearby Deer Park.
But Sahani and Devi are a disappointed lot. The Delhi Development Authority's (DDA) recently allotted a Library-cum-Recreation Centre in block B-4 in their neighbourhood to an NGO.
Deer Park is a favourite hang-out of members of Senior Citizen's Council of Delhi, numbering more than 500 people residing in Safdarjung Enclave, Green Park and Arjun Nagar areas. They have been awaiting the allotment of the Centre for the last three years. After several resident bodies came forward to run it, the DDA was confused about the Centre’s allotment. Then it was decided to hand it over to the Council.
But now, the DDA has allotted the Centre to a NGO registered a little more than six months ago.
J R Gupta, president of the Senior Citizen's Council of Delhi, said, “Our members would benefit immensely from being alloted the Centre.”
Shailendra Singh Monty, the Municipal Councilor from the area, described the allotment in his letter to the Lt Governor as “absolutely illegal and unjust.”
The DDA in its October 2008 circular had specified that its future community halls would be managed by DDA and not be licensed to any RWA/NGOs. A delegation of the residents went to meet the DDA vice chairman A K Nigam on Wednesday asking for cancellation of the allotment.
Agreeing that whether community halls should be given to RWAs/NGOs to run was discussed during the meeting, DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar said, “The decsision will be taken in residents’ best interest.”