Members of Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations, or FONRWA, are preparing a draft of civic amenities they want from the authorities. This draft will be handed over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on December 25, on their visit to the city for inaugurating the Delhi Metro Magenta line.
According to members of FONRWA, the primary demands include setting up of a municipal corporation and allowance for freehold property in the city.
The federation representatives said they had opposed residents who had pleaded against the setting up of a dedicated municipal body for Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway.
NP Singh, president of FONRWA, told City Spidey that they wanted a municipal corporation that would function on the lines of the ones in New Delhi and Ghaziabad. “Though the Industrial Development Act of 1976 states that every city should have its own municipal corporation, Noida is still without one,” he added.
On September 4 this year, the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, BN Singh, had suggested that municipal functions under the purview of Noida Authority be transferred to the UP government. He had also written to three ministers saying that a municipal body should be formed on the lines of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) or Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam.
Freehold property for residents of Noida has also been a long-standing demand of the federation since 2007. Even though 40 years have passed since the inception of Noida, the system of leasehold property continues to exist in the city. Consequently, residents of the city are perenially insecure.
"Most allottees in Noida have already paid a one-time lease rent. This 99-year lease is gross injustice towards residents. Governments in the past have only made empty promises to obliterate this leasehold system, but it now time to take this demand seriously," Singh elaborated.