Here's a low down on what's on the minds of NCR residents.
Irked by hefty fee hikes imposed by private schools, several parents’ associations of Gurgaon and Faridabad had protested at Mini Secretariat, Gurgaon. Parents had also marched to Divisional Commissioner D Suresh’s residence in Civil Lines.
April 2: DK Mishra, a parent, during the protest
“We have handed over the memorandum to the DC. He assured us of prompt action, but only time will tell how sincere their promises are. Private schools are squeezing money out of us, and the management refuses to listen to us.”
Many pubs and bars of Gurgaon’s popular Cyber Hub had to down their shutters, after the Supreme Court upheld its verdict of the December 15 order, banning sale of liquor within 500 m of national and state highways. For corporate employees used to letting it loose on weekends at Gurgaon’s popular party haunts, the government’s ban on bars signifies a huge slump in lifestyle.
“We regularly visit Sector 29 on weekends and have parties there. The ambiance is great, and fresh beer is available at competitive rates. It has taken years for the Sector 29 market to develop, and this liquor ban will destroy the character of this place.”
Buyers of Amrapali Crystal Homes, a residential project in Sector 76, Noida, had held a protest against the builder at the project site. They alleged that the builder had stopped construction work for the past two years without any justifiable reason.
April 2: Pranay Sinha, homebuyer of Amrapali Crystal Homes, over the state of affairs
“The officials of Amrapali Crystal Homes are not ready to meet us. We are fed up with the builder, and if they cannot start construction of all the seven towers, we will initiate legal action against them.”
Generator sets placed illegally on roads in sectors of Noida seem to have divided opinion among residents. Noida Authority issued a notice in February ordering removal of such sets. While FONRWA has objected to the order, some members of the association and other resident bodies supported the move.
March 28: Govind Sharma, RWA president of Sector 26, on the issue
“Why should all residents compromise for the convenience of a few? Only a few houses in each sector have gensets. But everyone is forced to put up with the noise and air pollution due to the generators.”
The RWA president of Nyay Khand II, Indirapuram, was shot at during a residents' meeting near the locality’s central park. Five assailants fired shots to disrupt the meeting around 9.30 am on April 2. The meeting was being held to form a new RWA.
April 2: Rajendra Pathak, the RWA president, on being shot at during the meeting
“When I got up to address the gathering, about five men warned me of dire consequences. Suddenly, a tall man first pushed me and then pulled out a small pistol. He then fired twice in the air, and everybody started to run in panic. He then shot right at me, but I luckily managed to escape.”
Sunil Sharma, the newly elected BJP MLA from Sahibabad had held a meeting with Indirapuram residents and Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) officials on March 25. Sewer blockage, choked drains, encroachments and sanitation of the township were the main issues discussed at the meeting.
March 25: Sanat Tripathi, president of Lotus Pond AOA in Indirapuram, who was present at the meeting, on residents' concerns
“I am sure that the issues in Indirapuram will be addressed soon.”
United India Apartments, a cooperative group housing society in East Delhi’s Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension, may no longer need to buy organic fertilisers for its gardens. The society has initiated a plan to generate homemade fertilisers, using vegetable waste from households.
April 1: Purusottam Das Bhatt, president of the managing committee of the society, on using vegetable waste instead of market manure
“The idea is to save money for residents and yet provide better facilities by implementing new ideas. By next year, we will save about Rs 20,000, which we used to spend on manuring our gardens.”
Despite having a rainwater harvesting pit for two years now, Abhinav Apartments, a society in Vasundhara Enclave, is yet to use the system.
April 1: Suneel Singh, managing committee member of the society, on why the society is not using its rainwater harvesting system
"We started excavating for the rainwater harvesting pit after getting the municipal corporation's approval. We spent Rs 1 lakh on the construction of this 20-m-long and 50-m-deep concrete tank, adhering to all specifications. But when we went for the horticulture department's approval to start using it, the officials denied us permission, saying it was set up in the society's green area and hence, could not be allowed."