Residents of Delhi are set to cast their votes to elect new municipal councillors in their respective wards on April 22. The Delhi State Election Commission fixed the date on March 14. The result of polls in the 272 municipal wards (East, South and North municipal corporations) will be announced on April 25.
City Spidey reached out to residents of various RWAs and CGHS representatives to find out issues that are pertinent to this election.
JP Sharma, general secretary of Federation of Vasundhara Enclave CGHS, said, “We want to elect someone who will put our demands on basic developments before multiple authorities. The presence of multiple authorities for even a small development work has been a big problem for us and the biggest excuse of municipal councillors.”
NP Radhakrishnan, president of Samachar Apartments, Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension, said, “Sanitation was the only major responsibility of the councillors, but they have proved to be a failure in this regard. There should be some criterion to measure their performance in the area of sanitation. We are living with stench from garbage dumped in front of our apartments for the past 20 days.”
“Over the past five years, we have witnessed bad services by the municipal corporations. Delhi, the country’s capital, has turned into a garbage dump. Be it roads, colonies or marketplaces, lack of sanitation can be seen everywhere. Issues such as political vendetta and a politicians’ personal interests have also harmed the city’s image,” said BS Vohra, president of Joint Forum RWA East Delhi.
Ashutosh Dikshit, general secretary of United Residents Joint Action (URJA), said, “Residents are helpless. They don’t know whom to approach even for small development work. RWAs should also be involved, so residents can convey their grievances directly. There should be a fixed time of completion for all development work carried out using the municipal fund. Municipal councillors must show their development report after every six months. Electing a councillor with a clean image will be priority for us.”