After holding meetings with the members of residents' welfare associations (RWA) of SAS Nagar for two days, the municipal corporation (MC) is again planning to employ guards at the 69 security gates in the town, which are non-functional from the past three months.
On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, which directed the MC to solve the matter amicably within 15 days, the civic body called up meetings of residents' welfare associations for two days at MC office in Sector 67. Senior officers of police and district administration were also present in the meeting, which got over on Wednesday.
The RWA members urged the MC to revive the project as residents were feeling insecure. They also criticised the MC for not taking timely action for reviving the project.
In February, the SAS Nagar MC terminated the contract with the company entrusted with the task of manning gates, stating that guards were not deployed on all gates. Later, the company challenged the termination in the high court, which further directed the MC to solve the matter amicably within 15 days.
President of Residents' Welfare Association, Phase 3B2, DS Chandhok said, “We have urged the authorities to revive the project. It is unfortunate that more than three months have passed, but still the gates are non-operational. We urge the authorities to take some final decision regarding the security gates, so that residents feel secure.”
The MC, in the wake of incidents of vehicle lifting in 2009, had decided to install security gates at all entry and exit points in various residential areas, which would be manned by security guards. According to the decision, all gates would be closed and only one would be opened in the night, which would be manned by security guards.
When contacted, MC joint commissioner Dilraj Singh said, “The residents are of the view that project should be revived and I will submit my report on it soon.”
The move of deploying security guards had drawn flak due to regular arguments between security guards and residents. A guard was even murdered by inebriated youths in 2011 after he refused to open the gate in Phase 3B2.