Gurugram: A day after Gurugram Mayor Madhu Azad gave a nod to transfer of parks and community centre's maintenance responsibility from Resident Welfare Association (RWA) to Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, several residents’ bodies have opposed the decision calling it unjust to the residents.
In a meeting held on Friday with the councillors, the Mayor agreed to withdraw the responsibility of maintenance of parks and community centers from RWAs which got the written consent from the councillors.
It was decided in the meeting that the supervision of every employee related to cleaning, horticulture and civil works should be given to the councillor, and they should be involved in allotment of work related to cleaning and horticulture.
However, the residents’ bodies across the city said that they won’t allow it.
Dinesh Vashisht, RWA President of sectors 3, 5 and 6 said, “This is another attempt to undermine role of RWAs for the development of sector. We are the elected body of the people which works for their welfare. The RWAs played a significant role in the development and knew what’s best for the sector. We are opposing it and will fight it with the unity. We have sought time from our MP Rao Inderjit Singh on the matter.”
The RWAs opposed the transfer saying it will bring nothing but chaos. Suraj Bhola, General Secretary of Sector 9A RWA said, “There is a lot of resentment among the people against this move as the local councillors want to have power in their hands. This will lead to corruption and inefficiency in development work.”
They alleged that when the MCG cannot take proper care the parks which falls under its jurisdiction then how can these councillors guarantee development of the sector. He further added, “We have paid extra for the facilities of parks and community centre at the time of buying plots here. They should empower the RWAs not curtail its role.”
There are over 587 parks in the city and out of these, around 300 parks are maintained by the sector RWAs. The residents further alleged that the funds for the maintenance of parks and community centre are also not sufficient as they have to use their funds collected from residents.
RS Yadav, President of RWA said, “We all are united and if required we would approach the court. We are planning to meet tomorrow to discuss further course of action on the matter.”