A section of voters and representatives of UP’s three main opposition parties — BJP, SP and Congress — are on the same page regarding the need to bring in public participation in the Noida authority board.
Speakers and participants at HT’s Noida First conclave said public representation was a must in a body that decides policy matters and clears development projects for the city. The conclave was held to bring candidates of all major political parties together ahead of the Assembly elections and discuss how to realise Noida’s true potential.
Noida Board has been an all-bureaucrat board. RWA representatives said though projects worth thousands of crores were executed, there was no accountability.
“We have been demanding the representation of RWAs for years. The authority does not pay attention to our demands and suggestions on civic issues,” said Munna K Sharma, sector 71 RWA president.
“Not only RWAs and MLAs, even village panchayat heads also should be members in the board because villagers have a major stake in this city,” said Dalbir Yadav, who represented Noida Samajwadi Party candidate Sunil Chaudhary at the conclave.
“If our party forms the next state government, we will change the way the authority board functions,” said Dr VS Chauhan, Congress candidate from Noida.
BJP candidate Dr Mahesh Sharma replied, “MLA’s job is to raise issues related to people. If I get elected I will work towards democratisation of the authority board and also ensure plots in Noida are allotted on free-hold basis on not on lease.”
A safe tomorrow
For the BSP — bijli (electricity), sadak (road) and paani (water) — factor often reigns supreme in elections, but in the context of Noida, ‘s’ stands for ‘suraksha (security) and not sadak.”
Hindustan Times on Monday provided an interface between the candidates of important political parties — BJP, Congress and Samajwadi Party (BSP candidate Om Datt Sharma could not make it and SP candidate sent his representative) — and voters of the city.
A fairly large gathering comprising representatives of RWAs, working professionals, industrialists, retired defence personnel and even schoolchildren asked some tough questions and the three politicians, after initially getting into ‘political squabbling’ with each other, spelt out their vision for the city.
Mahesh Sharma (BJP), VS Chauhan (Congress) and Dalvir Yadav (SP) admitted there was a change in the political atmosphere Noida had become an assembly seat, and an urban one at that, for the first time.