As Noida is all set to anoint Pankaj Singh as its new member of legislative assembly (MLA), residents believe that the party must deliver on its promise of improving law and order and inclusive development.
On Saturday, the BJP won 312 of the 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh with Pankaj Singh winning by a margin of over one lakh votes in Noida.
Even as the party supporters are continuing their celebrations, residents have already come up with their demands. Various residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) have demanded that the new government focus on improving the infrastructure in planned sectors.
“The government should ensure that there is better planning and management of the civic amenities provided to old sectors. Parking should be underground in sectors and market complexes. The cables should be laid underground so that the wires do not get snapped in the rainy season. There should be a check on encroachment,” Gaurav Sharma, president of Sector 26 RWA, said.
Residents also demanded an end to homebuyers’ woes. “Residents of NCR are fed up with the nexus of the authority and builders and the manner in which buyers are cheated. Builders overcharge them and often, they hand over inferior houses. We want the government to focus on ensuring that the buyers are not exploited,” Harsh Kumar Pawar, president of Shatabdi Vihar RWA in Sector 52, said.
The confederation of NCR residents’ welfare association (CONRWA) president, PS Jain, also talked about the law and order situation. “The BJP has come to power on the promise of enforcing law and order. Crime is rampant in NCR and the state, and it is time that the government clamps down on anti-social elements,” said Jain.
Women residents also demanded safer neighbourhood and more opportunities for women. “Incidents of chain snatching have increased in the city of late and despite efforts of the police, the numbers are not going down. There is a need for better policing to ensure a safe environment for women to work and live,” Rekha Sharma, president of Sankalp India, a charitable organisation, said.
Dr Renu Awana, a city-based gynaecologist, emphasised improving the literacy rate among women and sensitising men to curb gender-related violence. “Since I am a gynaecologist, I am aware of many cases of female foeticide in rural areas. The government should focus on educating women and enforcing the abortion act strictly. The men should also be sensitised; mere policing won’t guarantee a better future for women,” Awana said.
The traders’ community in Noida also sought safe conditions to conduct trade.
Kedar Bansal, the president of traders association in Sector 18, said, “Businessmen need safe and sound neighbourhood to do our business peacefully. If businesses can be done smoothly, it also generates wide-scale employment and adds to the overall development. The government has received overwhelming majority because people were fed up with the law and order in the state. Now, with power in the Centre and state, they must deliver.”
Furthermore, Bansal said that the business community of Noida was fed up of anti-social elements trying to extort them and Food Security and Drug officials trying to ‘blackmail’ them with loopholes.
“Every other day, we get threats from these anti-social elements who try to extort money from us. I can tell you from my experience, that almost 95% of these extortion threats are not reported by businessmen because they don’t want to get into trouble,” he said.
“Similarly, a few days ago, officials from Food Safety and Drug department were visiting eateries in Sector 18 and threatening to close shops on the basis that their food quality is below the required standard. This culture of blackmailing businessmen should be stopped immediately,” he said.
Businessmen also demanded relief from traffic woes, encroachment and parking mafia. “The entire state is affected by such corrupt elements who are making a profit from the parking business. Traffic congestion and encroachment are also issues that are problems for us. We hope that the new government will deliver on its promises and provide relief from the parking mafia and encroachment,” Sushil Kumar Jain, district president, UP Udyog Vyavsay Mandal, a traders’ body, said.