As residents participate in the sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections today, the fate of 69 candidates contesting from five constituencies in the Ghaziabad district hangs in the poll balance.
Infrastructure development, public transport and inadequate civic issues are expected to reign supreme among trans-Hindon residents.
"We are going to vote for a candidate who is local and available in times of need. Our main concerns have been the betterment of the sewage infrastructure and public transport facilities," said Kuldeep Saxena, a member of the Confederation of Indirapuram RWAs.
For the Ghaziabad RWA Federation, a candidate who has worked in social interest without holding a particular post will also be an important factor, apart from civic issues.
Around 20,82,103 voters will vote in five constituencies of the district — Ghaziabad, Sahibabad, Murad Nagar, Modi Nagar and Loni.
The district administration and police department have made elaborate arrangements and deployed around 9,000 civil police officers and paramilitary forces at various polling booths.
Nearly 174 polling booths have been identified as vulnerable and 366 have been identified as critical in Ghaziabad.
Also, around 50 polling booths have been prepared for web-casting.