The Gautam Budh Nagar district administration told residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) to tighten security in the sectors, following complaints of lapses from across the city.
There has been a spate of complaints of theft, unauthorised thoroughfare, unmanned gates and dysfunctional CCTV cameras.
“Our aim is to promote the RWAs to carry out their responsibilities in an effective way. We have issued the advisory after we received complaints from many residents that theft, snatching and petty crimes are happening inside sectors due to lack of security. We appeal to the RWAs to stand fit to residents’ expectations,” said city magistrate, Bachhu Singh.
The city magistrate office noted that vendors and outsiders easily enter residential areas, harassing the residents.
“The case of theft of vehicles and outsiders entering the sectors unchecked are serious lapses on part of the RWAs. The associations are supposed to install cameras and man all entry and exit gates. The RWAs should also ensure that security personnel are checking and registering every person, vehicle and vendor entering the sectors,” said the city magistrate.
He said RWAs should issue stickers for residents’ vehicle. “This office has received several complaints against the RWAs not carrying out responsibilities and involved in wrong activities. Our attempt is to improve the system,” Singh said.
“The letter will encourage associations wanting to improve security but reeling under fund crisis to improve the situation in consensus with residents. We have not yet received the letter yet. But we welcome the move,” said Federation of Noida Residents’ Welfare Association president, NP Singh.
Residents of Sectors 20 and 31, requesting anonymity, said theft and unauthorised thoroughfare were big problems. Every month, chain snatching incidents happen and an RWA president’s SUV was stolen, they said.
“We closed six gates due to security reasons and we have adequate security staff and CCTV cameras. After my SUV was stolen about a year ago, we decided to use or keep open only two gates instead of six gates. However, we will wait for the city magistrate’s letter,” said Sector 20 RWA president, PL Yadav.