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Councillors, welfare associations in line of fire

delhi Updated: Mar 27, 2012 01:03 IST
Shaswati Das
Shaswati Das
Hindustan Times
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The time for people across the capital to take part in the civic elections is drawing closer. But many feel they have few reasons to vote because a lot of what was promised before the last elections is yet to be delivered.

Residents of several south Delhi areas are miffed with not only with their councillors but also Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) for not heeding their complaints. The RWAs have been held responsible for the lack of development in the areas. They, in turn, have passed on the buck to the area councillors.

In areas such as Chittaranjan Park, people claimed they had made several complaints to the RWA but to no avail.

“These are arterial roads and we have continuously been asking the RWAs to do something to improve their condition. But it has remained the same despite repeated requests,” Surojit Roy, a CR Park resident, said.

But the area’s East Pakistan Displaced Persons Association has claimed that extensive work has been carried out in the past.

“I agree that a lot of work still needs to be done but residents also need to look at the work that we have done so far,” said PK Roy, secretary, of the association.

In areas such as Lajpat Nagar, people are upset about the condition of roads and by-lanes and the lack of proper street lighting. The RWAs claim that the local councillor has exacted revenge over the results of the last MCD polls.

“The councillor did not take any action for all five years. This was largely because the residents did not give him too many votes the last time,” said Harvinder Singh, general secretary, Lajpat Nagar – 3.

Akshay Ahluwalia, a resident of B-10 Vasant Kunj, said: “The roads are in a pathetic condition. We have sent repeated requests to the RWA and not only have they not bothered to respond, but nothing has been done about these roads either.”

The RWA, however, have blamed the area councillor, claiming that no heed had been paid to their complaints.

“The stretch from B1 and B2 needs extensive repair work. We have approached the councillor several times but they have not done anything,” said NK Vaid, secretary general, Vasant Kunj Federation.