Residents of Ghaziabad on December 20 met officials of district administration and civic bodies of the district to discuss civic issues. The meeting was held at the District Magistrate's office in presence of Preeti Jaiswal, ADM city; Dayanand Prasad, OSD, GDA; and Dr RK Yadav, health officer, Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam.
Residents raised demands for CNG city buses, provision of CCTV cameras as part of commercial organisations' Corporate Social Responsibility, installation of Mokshda Green Cremation System in the city crematoriums to reduce consumption of and air pollution, regular monitoring of air-quality index and waste management in coordination with RWA Federation and Nagar Nigam Ghaziabad. Residents also demanded cleaning of drains, action against encroachment, repair of traffic lights, maintenance of parks, cleaning of choked sewers and maintaining hygiene in and around garbage dumpyards in the city.
Members of the RWA Federation also requested the authorities to instal water meters in residential and commercial buildings at ground-water sources to regulate extraction and wastage. They also demanded for a social audit for the assessment of the work conducted by the municipal corporation.
Speaking to City Spidey, Preety Jaiswal, the ADM (city) said the district administration was in the process of introducing CNG buses into the city transport system as per directions of the supreme court. "We also need CNG-compliant petrol pumps to make such initiatives successful, 15 such stations have been set up across Ghaziabad in the past year alone," added Jaiswal.
The ADM assured residents that their issues will be addressed by concerned departments.
Both Dayanand Prasad and RK Yadav assured residents that their issues had been noted and will be addressed immediately. However, officials maintained that in case of issues pending in court, the authorities will have to wait for the courts directions.
Speaking to City Spidey, TP Tyagi, chairman of RWA Federation, Ghaziabad, dubbed the meeting a success and residents hoped for swift action due to the district administration's involvement and assurance.