City residents have demanded a clear-cut policy for residents’ welfare associations, to construct peripheral boundary walls, security gates and barriers to secure their colonies.
A group of residents under the banner of the Federation of Noida Residents’ Welfare Associations (Fonrwa) met city magistrate Bachhu Singh on Monday and handed him a letter in this regard.
“It was a fruitful meeting and I have assured residents that my letter should be considered as advisory only not direction. I will place their demand for funds and policy to the Noida authority,” Singh said.
City residents expressed concern at the city magistrate’s letter, in which Singh directed all RWAs to strengthen security by erecting boundary walls, gates, barriers and CCTV cameras.
The members told the city magistrate that they needed funds to implement these suggestions and that most of the RWAs did not have the legal power to enforce residents to donate funds for the same.
Sectors 11, 12, 19, 20, 31, 33 and 35 are open-ended and share borders with villages and slums .
The RWAs told the city magistrate that these old and big sectors had major security concerns.Erecting boundary walls, gates or barriers were major hurdles in the absence of legal rights and paucity of funds.
“The Noida authority has failed to erect boundary walls and gates in Sector 11. We have written several letters to the authority in past three years. For us thoroughfare is a big problem. Thefts happen often, but we cannot do anything due to lack of funds and power,” said Suresh Krishnan, general secretary RWA Sector 11.
“The peripheral boundary wall is broken in F Block side for three years but the authority has done nothing to repair it and check thoroughfare and block animals also to enter green belt and parks,” said Rajesh Pandey, resident.
“We have demanded clear policy for RWAs and power and funds also. We have said the authority give us funds for these works or provide these amenities,” said Fonrwa president NP Singh.