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Councillors reject wards' public panel

delhi Updated: May 24, 2011 23:15 IST
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To promote greater public participation in the decision-making process of the MCD, in March this year, the then mayor PR Sawhney had announced that the civic agency will set up a resident wards committee (RWC) in each of the 272 wards of the city.

Through these committees, resident welfare associations (RWAs) will be able to have a say in the policies being made by the councillors.

However, when the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) held a meeting on Tuesday with municipal councillors, most of them rejected the idea saying it will lead to more problems.

Headed by present mayor Rajni Abbi, the meeting was attended by about 30-odd councillors. They said that each ward has a dozen RWAs and if the scheme is implemented, each RWA will demand work only in their area and there will be disputes between them.

Sawhney's idea was that the RWC will be constituted by involving a representative from each RWA within a ward and will be chaired by the ward municipal councillor.

"In my ward there are 27 RWAs. How can all of them have a say in the matter? We said it was a wrong initiative to take, just when MCD elections are to be held. Each RWA will demand a different set of work and as the MCD is not giving councillors any additional fund for the same, it will not be feasible," said Harish Awasti, a councillor.