Residents of United India Apartments, a co-operative group housing society in East Delhi’s Mayur Vihar Phase 1 Extension, have unanimously chosen August 21 as the day to conduct polls to elect a fresh managing committee. With polls just round the corner, residents debate and discuss the future of the complex.
As many as 16 residents are contesting for the nine-member panel, which has two seats reserved for women.
Doubts abound — will the residents be able to elect the right members for the next three years? Will the new committee be able to solve the long-standing problems of the society?
City Spidey spoke to a few of the residents to know what they were thinking. A resident who didn't want to be named said, “Many residents are carrying out a lot of extra construction in their flats, changing the external façade. It has become a challenge to maintain the actual shape of the building, which was finalised by the Delhi Development Authority DDA.”
Besides, there are the problems of encroachment by flat owners, especially on the ground floor, lack of parking space, water shortage and lax security.
Making a pitch for himself, presidential candidate Purushottam Das Bhatt said, “My vision is to instal solar panels on the society’s rooftops. Also, with increasing number of cars every year, a multilevel parking is required. We have enough space to develop multilevel parking within the complex.”
Ummed Singh, secretary of Joint Forum of Co-operative Group Housing Societies, said, “Residents have been expressing their desire to elect a fresh managing committee for some time now; it's time we held fresh elections.”