Cam­paign­ing for rights

HT Estates - - Front Page - Jee­van Prakash Sharma

Noida Sec­tor 14 is a small and af­flu­ent neigh­bour­hood with about 350 plush houses. This sec­tor is home to two for­mer Chief Jus­tices of In­dia, jus­tices RC La­hoti an­dAS Anand, for­mer law min­is­ter Shanti Bhushan, bu­reau­crats, politi­cians, doc­tors and CEOs and MDs of well­known com­pa­nies.

On the at­trac­tions of this sec­tor, Anil Tyagi, pres­i­dent, Res­i­dents’ Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion, says, “This is the only posh res­i­den­tial area you see when you en­ter Noida from Delhi. Due to its lo­ca­tion and easy ac­ces­si­bil­ity from cen­tral lo­ca­tions such as the Supreme Court, Con­naught Place, Par­lia­ment House etc, many lawyers, judges, politi­cians and busi­ness­men give first pref­er­ence to this sec­tor.”

He con­tin­ues,“The Noida Author­ity lists this sec­tor in the A cat­e­gory. At present, there are only four sec­tors in Noida – 14, 17, 15A and 44 – which fall in this cat­e­gory. The circle rate in all these sec­tors is the high­est.”

Tyagi, who has been liv­ing here since 1992, says when it comes to in­comes, all fam­i­lies here are from the mid­dle or up­per classes.“MIG and HIG dwelling units mea­sure 112 sq m and 180 sq m, re­spec­tively. Other plots are big­ger, such as 200 sq m to 450 sq m,” he in­forms.

Sushil Ag­gar­wal, who was al­lot­ted a flat in the first hous­ing draw way back in 1980, says that 32 years af­ter this sec­tor came up, only 40% of the orig­i­nal al­lot­tees have sold their prop­er­ties. “Those who went away had workre­lated prob­lems such as trans­fers to other states; busi­ness ex­pan­sion to other metro cities etc. There is hardly any­one who has moved out com­plain­ing of civic ap­a­thy etc,” he says.

The res­i­dents are also very ac­tive when it comes to fight­ing for their rights. Some of them have re­cently moved the Supreme Court to ob­ject to the con­struc­tion of an open dust­bin near the main gate of the sec­tor.

“When the au­thor­i­ties failed to pay heed to our de­mand, we filed a case in the Supreme Court. We have raised the is­sue of air pol­lu­tion and dis­eases like malaria and cholera. The court has is­sued a notice to the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned and I hope we will get re­lief,” says Anis Suhrawardy, a Supreme Court ad­vo­cate.

Sushil Ag­gar­wal has been fight­ing a case in the Supreme Court for a so­lu­tion to the Shah­dara drain prob­lem. “We have been fight­ing this case since 1992. The drain flow­ing close by re­leases harm­ful toxic gases. The court gave var­i­ous direc­tions but none of these have been im­ple­mented prop­erly.”

Park­ing is a big is­sue too.“Some peo­ple have en­croached on the green belt, cut down trees and con­verted the whole space into a per­ma­nent park­ing lot. Even ed­u­cated and high pro­file peo­ple take civic laws for granted,” com­plains a res­i­dent. Many res­i­dents say the RWA is not main­tain­ing roads, parks and the community cen­tre. “There are rooms for a li­brary, ta­ble tennis and other ac­tiv­i­ties but these are ne­glected at the cen­tre,” says a res­i­dent. “There is a small mar­ket in the sec­tor which does not have enough items of daily needs. We don’t have a Mother Dairy booth. The RWA should play a more proac­tive role. Peo­ple don’t bother about these things as they have ser­vants to do their bid­ding. Ten­ants who are on their own face a lot of hard­ships, how­ever.”

The RWA de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

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