The Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway industrial areas are all set to get a legally empowered committee system that will include residents in the decision-making process to deliver municipal services.
The three authorities and Gautam Budh Nagar district administration are drafting a micro-macro level structure for the new system that will empower residents of both urban and rural areas.
“The new system gives a representation to the public. We have roped in a consultant who is tasked with drafting a new system within the boundary of existing laws. Under the new system, residents of urban and rural areas will decide the budget for roads, take calls on sewage construction and other development projects,” said Rama Raman, chairman of the three authorities and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Noida authority.
As per the proposed structure, 11 sectors or villages will come under one umbrella to elect a zonal body. Presidents and secretaries of all individual committees will elect the city committee president and secretary, who will coordinate with the industrial authorities and governments.
Raman said the draft of the new system will be sent to the UP cabinet for approval before it is implemented.
The move comes after cancellation of local body elections in Gautam Budh Nagar. Following the orders of the Allahabad high court, Uttar Pradesh government in September banned local body elections in 399 villages that fall in the jurisdiction of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway areas.
The government had to ban local body elections because of the UP Industrial Act, 1976, which is effective in these areas. Two laws cannot be implemented at the same time, the officials said.
Residents’ bodies were also clamouring to participate in the development of their areas.
“Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway boards that take all important development and infrastructural decisions have only government officials, including top bureaucrats, as its members. Therefore, we were demanding for a representation on the board. Citizens living in these areas have had no say in the development till date,” said NP Singh, president of federation of Noida RWAs.
To give public representation in governance, the district administration had also proposed a new system on similar lines.
“I had suggested the formation of a legally empowered committee system because we need to deliver many central and state government schemes to general public through the local bodies. How do we do the same after abolishing the local bodies? Under the new system, a committee president and secretary, besides seven member-committees in each village and sector, will be elected by the citizens,” said NP Singh, district magistrate (DM) of Gautam Budh Nagar.