A separate wing to address civic woes a crying need in Noida
The Noida authority has decided to form a separate dedicated administrative wing to look after municipal services with an aim to make the better. Municipal services include sewage, solid waste, water, streets and health, among others.noida Updated: Jun 06, 2017 22:50 IST
The Noida authority has decided to form a separate dedicated administrative wing to look after municipal services with an aim to make them better. Municipal services include sewage, solid waste, water, streets and health, among others.
“I have observed that the condition of urban villages in Noida is worst in terms of sanitation facilities. We need to lay sewage and drainage network in villages so that all sorts of waste, be it liquid or garbage, is disposed of scientifically. We need to change our approach. If we will provide better municipal services in villages, then it will make Noida better because the rural-urban areas are interlinked,” said Alok Sinha, principal secretary Uttar Pradesh, industrial development department and chairman of the Noida authority.
Sinha headed the Noida authority board meeting which approved the formation of dedicated administrative wing to deal with municipal services.
Noida, which came into existence in 1976, has been developed on 20,000 hectares of 82 villages and the city is plagued with multiple civic issues.
“The Noida authority has completely neglected villages in the last 40 years, when the Noida was established. Villages have turned into urban slums because solid waste is strewn on roads and drains are choked with sewage. Drains in villages are choked and stink so much so you do not feel like visiting a village second time,” said Raghuraj Singh, Congress leader and social activist of Bishanpura village.
Since the UP Industrial Area Development Act, 1976, is in effect in Noida, the panchayat system, which is used to govern rural areas, ceases to be effective thereby creating a civic crisis.
“Earlier, each village used to have a village head who was supposed to help us get birth and death certificates and other matters. Now, following a court order in September 2015, the panchayat system was abolished. The UP government do not give us funds for development of civic facilities as our villages now comes under the Noida authority,” said Naresh Yadav, former Sorkha village pradhan, who heads a national level village pradhan association.
The Noida authority officials are of the view that formation of a separate administrative wing will address all issues that trouble villagers.
Most of the villages share borders with urban areas. “If a sewage line is choked in village or a drain starts overflowing in a rural area, then, certainly, it will affect the urban area resident too. Therefore, the Noida authority should have formed this wing much earlier,” Yadav said.
Once the municipal wing is formed, the administrative hierarchy will be planned, officials said.
“The additional CEO will head the new civic wing. He will have a deputy CEO and other staff members. But the authority is yet to plan all the modalities,” said DS Upadhyay, additional CEO of the Noida authority.