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Residents up in arms over community centre

india Updated: Mar 27, 2012 01:35 IST
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Residents of Sushant Lok Phase-1 who are protesting to get back the community centre from Ansal API, the township’s developer, met deputy commissioner PC Meena on Monday.

Meena assured the residents’ welfare association (RWA) that he would visit the community centre in the first week of April. He also called the senior town planner (STP) RK Singh and asked him to meet RWA representatives on March 30.

According to the RWA, residents have been fighting against the developer for more than 10 years.

The community centre has been leased out to a private party. The RWA alleges that the developer has been using it as a club.

After several meetings with the developer and Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) officials, besides a court case, the residents finally decided to protest. Earlier, residents had two rounds of meeting with the developer and senior town planner, but in vain. The RWA office-bearers decided to launch a week-long protest till their demand was met.

The residents also alleged that the developer had not been addressing other civic problems of the area too. “The residents are ready to extend the protest if their demand is not met,” said Shyam Soni, president of Sushant Lok RWA. “If needed, we will also sit on an indefinite fast,” he added.

“We were promised a club and a state-of-the-art recreational building. The STP is not cooperating, though he had promised to get the job done. Staging a dharna is the only solution,” said Anil Sharma, general secretary of Sushant Lok RWA.

VK Sehgal, consultant of Ansal API said the matter related to community centre was pending in court. He added, “We have no issue related to the handing over the community centre in Sushant Lok Phase-1 to the RWA. As the matter is sub judice, we have no other option but to wait for the court’s order.”