Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has agreed to study the residents’ proposal to make DND Flyway toll-free and order a judicial enquiry, if needed. He was addressing the convention of the confederation of NCR residents’ welfare association (CONRWA) at the India International Centre in New Delhi on Sunday.
“The problems raised by the residents of Noida are justified. We want to have an open discussion with the residents so that they can get justice. We will thoroughly read the proposal for making the DND Flyway toll-free and will arrange a meeting with the federation soon,” said Kejriwal.
Several issues crucial to urban development, environment and security of Noida and Ghaziabad were raised in the convention. Representatives of residents’ welfare associations from Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Alwar were present.
Security was one of the most important issues that were discussed at length. Law and order at NCR’s porous borders and safety of women were taken up by the CONRWA.
“Noida and Ghaziabad have porous borders that help criminals make an easy escape. Cases of car theft, robbery and chain snatching are common in the area. There is an urgent need to strengthen police security at the border areas,” said PS Jain, president of CONRWA.
Kiran Sivakumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Noida, assured the residents that police patrolling would be intensified and the inter-state police coordination would be strengthened.
“The inter-district coordination committee holds meetings regularly. We have also installed close circuit cameras in the Sector 18 market, which will ensure that the people crossing the area come under surveillance. If this strategy is successful, we will install more cameras in the city,” said Kumar.
Addressing the issue of traffic problems in the city, he said that traffic police are issuing postal challans and taking strict action against the defaulters.
Chetan Sharma, secretary general of CONRWA, highlighted the need for empowering the RWAs. “Participation of residents in urban policy making is imperative. It will help in taking resident-centric decisions. Interaction between authorities and public must take place frequently,” said Sharma.
Meanwhile, residents of Gurgaon highlighted the increasing traffic jams in the city. Chairman of the National Highway Authority of India, Raghav Chandra, announced that a plan is being made to decongest three busy intersections on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway -- Iffco Chowk, Hero Honda Chowk and Rajiv Chowk.
“The decongest project will change the present situation substantially. We will conduct regular meetings with the local residents’ body and will take suggestions from them,” said Chandra.