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Gurgaon RWA's first grievance redressal meeting results in no success
The Deputy Commissioner, Shekhar Vidyarthi organised a district-level grievance redress committee meeting this Thursday to address the problems of residents living in developed areas of Gurgaon. The meeting, attended by 20 Residents' Welfare Associations (RWA) from various colonies included Sector-1( Palam Vihar), Parsvnath Exotica, Ardee City, Uppal South, Nirvana, Mayfield Gardens and others. However, the redressal meeting resulted in no success.

Satish Kumar Sodhani, RWA President of Sector- 1, Palam Vihar, said “The senior town planner is not working. He has been fooling us since ages. The meeting was organised so that we could raise our issues and the builders find the solutions to our problems but, there is no change. Therefore, the meeting was not a success. Mr. Vidyarthi is trying to help us out but even he can do nothing if the STP does not want to work. Even the Palam Vihar area has been handed over to illegal builders.”

While, some residents got to raise their issues but there were some who were completely unaware of such a meeting. “What meeting? We have no idea of any such meeting otherwise we surely would have participated. Even we have problems like any other society so why weren't we called in? Ansals handed over our residency to Condominium Association but did not pass all the necessary documents. The agency which manages our society is also a sister concern of Ansals. We have been paying Rs.2 lacs per month as sinking fund since ten years but when asked for the reimbursement, they paid us just Rs.13 lacs. On asking about the rest of the money, they say that they have no accounts,” said Lalit Chawla, President of Celebrity Homes.

Whereas, Ashok Rana, President of Sector-22, Palam Vihar complaints that this meeting was organised for the private builders. The residencies falling under HUDA were ignored. But they ascertained that they will also becoma a part of this meeting and raise issues. He also said that Shekhar Vidyarthi completely ignored or forgot to invite them to the meeting.

The residents, during the meeting, complained against the developers for not providing basic infrastructure and lack of security in the colonies. However, the builders present in the meeting could not provide any relevant answers to the residents. Later, the Deputy Commissioner proposed a meeting of RWAs, builders, three residents' federations and Government Officials concerned on the third Wednesday of every month.

The Deputy Commissioner directed that on the 5th of every month, all RWAs will submit in writing any four issues that concern the residents and the builders need to respond within 10 days. Those issues will be discussed in the meeting on Wednesdays. The Deputy Commissioner gave associations such as GCC, JAFRA and FOA the freedom to bring up six issues while RWAs can raise only four issues. Even the local residents can raise four to five issues.

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