Effective city administration depends on the efficiency of its various bodies including RWAs, Federation of RWAs and governmental civic bodies. Recently, CitySpidey met Madan Khatri, the General Secretary of the Federation of Residents Welfare Associations of IP Extension. He talked about the dominant issues that needed the attention of MCD and DDA and their role in resolving the civic issues in his area.
Here are excerpts from our conversation
1.What are the dominant civic issues of IP Extension?
There are several issues at hand for which we are in touch with civic bodies and ministries concerned. Currently, the biggest challenge is the redevelopment of old apartments as per modern standards such as parking and proper drainage. We need a full-proof master plan. Waste management is another pressing issue. Permissions have been pending for the last 2 years and we are in constant touch with civic bodies to start rainwater harvesting and waste management in societies.
2. What is the role of the Federation in civic administration?
The Federation serves as a liaison between the RWA and Higher Authorities. We assist the RWAs in the smooth management of areas and in identifying appropriate solutions. RWAs and Federation of cooperative housing societies are autonomous organisations. Moreover, we arrange meetings with higher authorities to discuss issues with them. We come up with solutions before sending a delegation to address the issue.
3. How do you look at the role of the civic bodies in resolving the public issues in the area?
The MCD has a fundamental problem of changing the garbage disposal act without informing the general public properly. They have changed it 4-5 times in the past few years. They then force us to implement these changes. They raise fines and challans without providing any prior notice. This has caused a stir among the population. We are arranging meetings with other federation members and higher authorities regarding this.
Then, residents of IP Extension frequently talk about the necessity of efficient rainwater harvesting systems because they currently rely on treated water. These problems take a longer time to resolve because they fall under the domain of DDA. Renovation of societies falls under the ambit of DDA and LG. We are doing everything within our power to address all of these issues to them. We are in constant communication with the MCD, the DDA, the LG office, and the Urban Development Ministry to raise the issues. However, it may take up to 4 to 5 years as these issues need a proper master plan.
According to you what model would be effective in handling the issues at hand and what do you suggest to the Authority and community?
RWAs are doing a fantastic job in their societies. However, for a larger positive change to happen, individuals have to change their behaviour. Throwing trash in prohibited areas should be stopped. They must make sure to park their vehicles only at authorized parking spots.
As general secretary of the Federation of IP Extension, is there any memorable moment that you would like to share with our readers?
Every day is memorable. We are learning and changing society every day. The Federation of IP Extension is dedicated to working for the betterment of the community. For this, we need the support of civic bodies, residents and RWAs.