The members of FONRWA (Federation of Noida RWAs), the apex body of city RWAs, met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at Lucknow office on Monday night. They demanded the resolution of common issues concerning the residents.
The FONRWA members demanded that the federation's president and secretary should be appointed as the mayor and deputy mayor of the city.
NP Singh, president of FONRWA told City Spidey, “We requested that president of the federation should be given the post of the mayor and secretary should be appointed as deputy mayor for the better maintenance of the city.”
FONRWA also demanded the recognition of RWAs, the establishment of exclusive municipal divisions, public representation on the Noida Board. Their demands included conversion of leasehold land into freehold land and implementation of a robust ecosystem for solid-waste management.
Singh said, “We have demanded legal recognition and financial autonomy of RWAs. RWAs do the same work as elected representatives. Yet, we don't have any powers. We should have legal recognition and financial powers to develop civic amenities.”
During the meeting, FONRWA also raised the issue of the absence of municipal divisions within the Noida Authority. “We want the establishment of such divisions so that civic and municipal services in Noida can improve further,” Singh stated.
Representation of FONRWA on the Noida Board was another important issue that was addressed. “We want at least two representatives from FONRWA to be part of Noida Board. Noida should also be made a smart city,” a FONRWA member shared.
After four decades of Noida’s inception, the obsolete system of lease-hold property continues. “The residents of the city, therefore, still feel insecure. A majority of them have already paid a one-time lease rent. Hence, this 99-year lease is sheer injustice towards the residents of the city," Singh said.
Speaking about the issue of waste management, Singh said that there is no yard for garbage dumping. As a result, garbage collected from homes is thrown on the pavements or on vacant plots translating to health hazards.
“Further, a water treatment plant should also be installed in Noida so that residents of the city get good quality water. Right now, every house has installed water purifiers,” Singh added.
FONRWA members also demanded setting up of the police commissionerate system for district Gautam Budh Nagar and enhance the police force with the electronic gadgets to control the law and order situation.
“The water supply for the Noida is also insufficient and extremely poor. TDS level is also quite high, so we requested the CM to look into the matter,” members said.
“CM assured us that he will take all the demand into consideration and he will do something as soon as possible to fulfil the demand,” Singh said.