Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) and Delhi traders associations have put aside their differences over the proposed amendment of Delhi master plan and joined hands to oppose the encroachment of public land in the city.
A joint delegation of traders and RWAs met with union minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri at his office on Wednesday and sought his attention on several issues.
Praveen Khandelwal, president of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) agreed with the views of RWAs that stilt parking should not be used for commercial activities.
Delhi’s traders also assured that they would not allow vendors to continue business in front of their shops and in case any shopkeeper does so, the association would take action against him.
Earlier, when the municipal corporations had lunched a sealing drive against illegal constructions across the city on the Supreme Court's directions, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had proposed some amendments in the Delhi Master Plan -2021. However, the RWAs had opposed the amendments regarding several issues like parking, safety and security of residents, etc.
Later on May 19, URJA had organised a meeting in which several RWAs and traders of the city had participated for discussions.
The joint delegation today demanded strict punishment for government officials (municipal corporation officials and DDA officials) regarding their negligence towards illegal encroachment on parks, roads, residential streets or any other public land.
Atul Goel, president of United Residents Joint Action (URJA), an umbrella body of Delhi’s RWAs said, “In the meeting, we gave assurance regarding cooperation with government agencies on issues affecting the citizens. RWAs will raise voice against illegal encroachment in their jurisdiction. However, they have demanded cooperation from the government agencies.”
Apart from all these, URJA discussed several other important issues with the union minster. Further, URJA also demanded up-gradation of the public grievances redressal system of the government agencies and knowledge regarding the status of development works carried out in the city.
“Every taxpayer has a right to know what sort of development is taking place in the city. Therefore, we have urged the minister to direct the Delhi government and other agencies to present a white paper to the city’s residents about the current status of developments regarding civic issues like vendors policy, waste management, water quality and sewage treatment among others,” said Ashutosh Dikshit, CEO of URJA.