One Issue, One Match: Dwarka Expressway residents take field to be heard
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One Issue, One Match: Dwarka Expressway residents take field to be heard

Having had their demands ignored by the authorities previously, residents are hopeful that the novel tactic will help to highlight their issues much quicker.

One Issue, One Match: Dwarka Expressway residents take field to be heard

The RWAs of societies located along the Dwarka Expressway in Gurgaon have come up with a novel idea to highlight civic issues and drawing attention of the authorities – a cricket tournament scheduled to happen in April.

The various resident associations have decided to organise the first inter-society cricket tournament for the newly developing societies next month. They hope that the initiation of sporting activities within the new societies shall allow them to come together as a unanimous voice for the development of the new sectors.

Three matches will be played between April 14 and 29 on Saturdays and Sundays.

The plan is to have a unique theme of “One Issue, One Match” to highlight the concerns of the residents of the new sectors.

The first match scheduled on April 14 will focus on removal of the Kherki Daula toll plaza. The second match, on April 15, will be played for the completion of Dwarka Expressway. The third match played on April 21 will be played to highlight the demand for construction of internal roads.

The other issues residents wanted to bring to light through the tournament are electricity, water pipelines, sewerage line connection, street lights, smart water connection, park, school, hospital, police station and post office.

 “We have protested several times, but the authorities have paid no heed to our demands. This time, we thought of a different tactic of presenting our demands, which might be able to get their attention. As cricket is everybody’s favourite game, hopefully it will help convey our demands faster,” said Yashesh Yadav, president of the Dwarka Expressway Welfare Association.

The last date for submitting forms, player list and fees is March 31. “All players taking part must be registered with the Dwarka Expressway Welfare Association or should get themselves registered before the match,” said Pradeep Rahi, general secretary of the association.

Each society is allowed a maximum of two teams. “In case there is more than one team from the same society of the same sector, then the total number of participating teams cannot exceed two from the same complex. They will have to play between themselves first to qualify for the match,” said Yadav.