In a move that could finally bring respite to residents, East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has passed a proposal to set up a monitoring system to keep an eye on the condition of dhalaos in posh residential colonies and markets.
The municipal body has also planned to instal CCTV cameras at dhalaos. It would take the help of a private agency in the monitoring.
The only hitch… funds.
“Plans are under way. The main problem is funds for CCTV cameras. An official meeting was held recently and it was decided that the EDMC would seek MLAs’ support to instal CCTV cameras. EDMC would write a letter to all East Delhi MLAs to instal at least two CCTV cameras at every dhalao. It would also help to insure the security of residents,” said an official, requesting anonymity.
He added, “If MLAs agree to bear the cost, the EDMC, with the help from a private agency, would set up a monitoring system in the office. It would take Rs 30 lakh to set up a monitoring system, if CCTVs are provided by MLAs.”
At present, none of the municipal bodies have a proper mechanism for monitoring of the dhalaos.
While talking to City Spidey, residents of East Delhi felt the move, if implemented, would indeed be path breaking.
PD Bhatt, president of United India Apartment in Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension, said, “It’s a big issue — if dhalaos are monitored regularly in residential colonies, the problem of garbage not getting cleared out would be solved.”
SK Sharma, a resident of Manas Apartment in the same locality, echoed the same views. In fact, a dhalao is located right opposite to the gate of their society. “No doubt it’s a good plan, but only if implemented. Every time, we have to call the area municipal councillor and inform him about piling mountains of garbage in front of the society. And then wait for his response.”