Sec 36: Noida Authority to probe ‘irregularities’ in community centre management
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Sec 36: Noida Authority to probe ‘irregularities’ in community centre management

Some residents allege that the society entrusted with the responsibility of renewing the license for developing the community centre has not adhered to the terms of a contract with the Authority.

Sec 36: Noida Authority to probe ‘irregularities’ in community centre management

Noida Authority recently ordered an inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the management of the community centre in Sector 36, Noida.

Saumya Srivastava, DCEO of Noida Authority, who is entrusted with the responsibility of keeping a check on corruption, instructed SC Mishra, project engineer, Noida Authority, to begin the inquiry and initiate action if the terms of a contract license were violated. Mishra has been asked to complete the inquiry within 15 days, beginning from May 1.

The community centre was developed by Kendriya Sarkari Sewa Sahkari Bhoomi Evam Grih Nirman Samiti Ltd (KSSSBTGN), which is a society of plot allottees residing in sectors 31, 36 and 41, and comprises of 1234 members.

A group of residents of sectors 36 and 31, which included Dr Anju Pachauri, Prashan Tyagi, Colonel Basara (a former army officer) and Anita Singh, had lodged a complaint in writing against KSSSBTGN with the Authority. The copy of the complaint has been forwarded to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and local MLA Pankaj Singh seeking their intervention in the matter.

The society had entered into an agreement in 1992 with Noida Authority. Under this agreement, KSSSBTGN was issued a contract license for developing a community centre on an allotted plot of land to cater to the recreational needs of the residents.

According to the agreement, the license is supposed to be renewed after 15 years. But the complainants alleged that the society had failed to adhere to the terms of the contract in the last decade. They said that the society did not renew the license even after the end of 15 years in 2007.

They complained that the community centre was supposed to be managed by a democratically elected management committee. But no such committee was in place and a group of few members was running the community centre, which does not disclose the annual income and expenditure to all members of the society.

Dr Anju Pachauri, general secretary of Sector 36 RWA, told City Spidey, “We have been operating from a tiny room in the basement of the centre. But the society is not allowing us to use other spaces, such as halls and rooms on the first and second floors of the building. The RWA is involved in carrying out public welfare works but due to lack of space, has been facing inconvenience.”

Meanwhile, Rakesh Sharma, secretary of the society, said that the society had already applied for renewal of the contract license but the delay was on part of the Authority. He claimed that the society had been complying with the terms of the agreement.

He said, “Some residents are trying to gain control of the common facility. We’ve given them space for office. The society has been paying water and electricity bills for them. But they want control of the entire centre, which we can’t allow."