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Noida CEO’s order asking engineers to tackle civic woes ineffective, say residents

Noida authority CEO Deepal Agarwal had ordered engineers to actively address issues of encroachment, sanitation and traffic congestion

noida Updated: Mar 24, 2017 22:52 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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Residents said their complaints on issues of encroachment, sanitation and traffic congestion are still not taken seriously.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Last week’s order by Noida authority chief executive officer (CEO) Deepak Agarwal to engineers to stay in the field for two hours daily and address the issues of encroachment, sanitation and traffic congestion does not seem to have had an effect. Many residents claim there has been no change in the situation on the ground.

“There is no difference in the attitude of engineers or other staff towards civic issues in our sector. Vendors who have encroached upon roads, thereby causing traffic congestion, are doing business as usual. The authority team removes them and they return after a while,” said Brigadier (retired) Ashok Hak of Sector 37. Hak is a senior vice-president of the Federation of Noida residents’ welfare associations (Fonrwa) and former president of Sector 37 RWA.

In the official order, the CEO had directed all project engineers to go to the field daily for two hours and address the issues in their respective areas. They were also asked to submit an action-taken report to him daily.

“All project engineers are giving me updates on action taken in their respective areas. They are submitting action-taken reports daily on removal of garbage and encroachments. If there are problems in any area, we will address them promptly,” said Agarwal.

However, residents differ. “I have lodged repeated complaints with the Noida authority that municipal solid waste is strewn all over the green belt of Sector 20, but nothing has changed so far. The authority staff does not take residents’ complaints seriously. Deputy CEO Saumya Srivastava and CEO Agarwal have in the past visited our sector and asked the staff to maintain cleanliness, but nothing has happened till date,” said Suresh Tiwari, former general secretary of Sector 20 RWA and senior vice-president, Fonrwa.

Residents also complained that vendors and parking contractors have encroached on all roadsides in and around residential areas, including the main roads, posing hindrance to smooth flow of traffic. They said that traffic situation will not improve unless the authority gets rid of encroachment on city roads.

“Our local markets in sectors 50 and 41 have become a hub of traffic jams due to illegal parking and encroachments by vendors. The situation goes from bad to worse in the morning and evening peak hours. Police take bribe from parking contractors and vendors and no action is taken on our complaints. The CEO’s directive to the engineers is completely ineffective and is only an eyewash to gain publicity,” said Vimal Sharma, president, Sector 50 RWA.

First Published: Mar 24, 2017 22:52 IST