Sanjeev Kumar, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Najafgarh Zone, on December 17 said Dwarka would witness a massive improvement in the coming weeks. Kumar was on a visit to the sub-city with his team of officers, engineers and sanitary staff, when he interacted with the representatives of various organisations and RWAs at the Sector 23 community hall.
Representatives of Dwarka Forum, Sukh Dukh Ke Sathi (SDKS), and Association of Neighbourhood Ladies Get-together (ANHLGT) were among the prominent social groups present at the meeting. They played a key role in the discussion by bringing up major issues faced by residents and suggesting viable improvements.
The following points were raised by residents and social groups present at the meeting:
Vice-president of SDKS and a member of Sadbhavna Apartments' managing committee, SS Mann, raised the subject of poor waste management and handling of garbage in the sub-city. He suggested regular cleaning of dustbins to get rid of foul odour. Madhuri Varshney, president of Dwarka Forum and a resident of Ekta Society, Sector 3, discussed ways to promote solid-waste management in societies. She said an iron-cage pilot initiated for horticulture waste and kitchen waste management had been successfully implemented in her society.
Joint secretary of Dwarka Forum and a resident of Radhika Apartments in Sector 14, made the DC aware about defacement and encroachment issues on roadsides and also in DDA pockets across the sub-city. Vice-president of Dwarka Forum and general-secretary of Sector 8 RWA, AS Chhatwal, requested the DC to remove encroachments along the roads and from markets. He asked him to extend his support to RWAs and Dwarka Forum in making Dwarka encroachment free.
President of ANHLGT and a resident of Sheetal Vihar Apartments, Sector 23, Cicily Kodiyan raised the issue of stray-dog menace.
Issues with civic amenities
PB Mishra, general secretary of SDKS and a resident of Chitrakoot Apartments; Shashi Kapoor, president of SDKS and a resident of Dream Apartments in Sector 23; DC Mathur, secretary of SDKS and a residents of New Kanchenjunga Apartments in Sector 23; SL Langar, former president of Green Tower Apartments, Sector 23, were among the many who highlighted issues related to civic amenities. Residents suggested that names and contact details of all officials related to civic amenities be made available to the general public for effective problem solving.
Deputy Commissioner's response
Responding to the points raised by residents, Deputy Commissioner Kumar said a review meeting should be organised in 15 days to ascertain the progress made in the coming weeks. He assured to provide 200 dustbins, 100 boards with names and numbers of the beat staffs installed at different locations and also to RWAs. The DC ordered the concerned officials to start acting against encroachment and defacement from immediate basis. He said that encroachment drives have been started and soon there would be a change seen in Dwarka. He informed that garbage-lifting trucks had been increased from 16 to 20 and 50 new garbage collector rickshaws had been added to the inventory. DC also introduced residents to all the officials and asked them to approach the latter for any civic issue.