A group of women residents on Thursday staged a demonstration outside the office of Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) administrator to protest against the practice of dumping garbage on vacant plots in Sector 40.
The residents of Sector 40 have been demanding action against people who dump garbage on vacant plots, causing health problems for nearby localities. Moreover, they demanded the authorities to keep a watch on these areas, as these have become ‘dens of anti-social elements’.
The protesters also met Huda administrator Praveen Kumar and demanded action against those who dump garbage in open spaces. They also drew the attention of the administrator about the proliferation of slum dwellings in vacant plots. These dwellings pose security threat to women, they argued.
The administrator ordered the divisional engineer (survey) to submit a report on vacant plots in Sector 40. “We will take appropriate action against offenders,” said the administrator.
In this context, the administrator ordered the Huda estate officer to tell the owners of the plots to erect boundary walls around properties to curb misuse by anti-social elements. “Huda’s plots will also be identified and fences would be erected around them,” the administrator said.
A woman protester said, “We are fed up with the RWA, which has failed to take up the issue.”
However, president of the RWA Ram Swaroop dismissed the allegations. He said the association had met the administrator several times on the issue.
Shikha Jain, a protester, said, “There are 15 women in our group. We will take up all these issues with civic authorities.”
According to a rough estimate, 20% of 1,100 plots in the sector are lying vacant. The sector was developed by the Huda two decades ago.