In­vest­ing time and money in prob­lem res­o­lu­tion

Res­i­dents of hous­ing so­ci­eties in Indi­ra­pu­ram have been cam­paign­ing for in­stal­la­tion of fire­fight­ing equip­ment, chan­nelling of Ganga wa­ter and regular main­te­nance of el­e­va­tors

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This is per­haps the only RWA that charges only ₹ 300 as main­te­nance from its res­i­dents. Ser­vices for this amount in­clude se­cu­rity, clean­li­ness and up­keep of parks. The hous­ing so­ci­ety is at least 15 years old and is spread across 50 acres and has over 3,000 apart­ments.

Main is­sue

The RWA is deal­ing with nu­mer­ous is­sues, in­clud­ing park­ing, mul­ti­ple gates and se­cu­rity. RWA mem­bers have to spend a lot of time sorting out the prob­lems.

Prob­lems tack­led

Street­lights have been re­placed with LED lights and the area re­mains safe and well lit.

In­no­va­tive prac­tices

It is a green so­ci­ety in the true sense of the term be­cause cut­ting of trees is not al­lowed and the RWA has also be­gun in­stalling around 200 LED traf­fic lights. There is a plan to use com­post to run park lights in the area.

Wish list

Res­i­dents say man­ning the nu­mer­ous gates in the so­ci­ety is a prob­lem. It is also an ex­pen­sive propo­si­tion as ev­ery gate has to have guards. A ma­jor­ity of flats do not have lifts. The so­ci­ety has drawn up a plan to in­stall lifts, the cost of which will be around ₹ 75,000 per flat.

Most res­i­dents of this so­ci­ety moved in by early 2008. The project is lo­cated on a three-acre plot and has 378 flats . About 1,000 peo­ple are cur­rently living in the so­ci­ety, which is named Ra­jhans Ku­tumb.

Main is­sue

Res­i­dents of this so­ci­ety want Ganga wa­ter to be sup­plied to the so­ci­ety. Also, the RWA al­leges that it has only re­ceived a part of the sink­ing fund and not the full amount from the de­vel­oper when the project was handed over to it in Novem­ber 2011.

Prob­lems tack­led

At the time of han­dover, there were only two cam­eras at the main gate in­stalled by the de­vel­oper. The RWA has en­sured that there are now 28 cam­eras func­tional in the so­ci­ety with the band­with to run 60 CCTVs. A new main gate was also changed by the RWA.

In­no­va­tive prac­tices

The so­ci­ety has been cho­sen by the Ghazi­abad Devel­op­ment Author­ity for a pi­lot project on solid waste man­age­ment which will begin soon.

Wish list

Cars from out­side the so­ci­ety should not be al­lowed to park near the shop­ping cen­tre.

This so­ci­ety came up iway back in 2008. It con­sists of 430 units but only 171 RWA mem­bers. Ever since the de­vel­oper left in 2012, the RWA has had to cope with nu­mer­ous prob­lems, says Mohit Sax­ena, a res­i­dent.

Once the builder handed over main­te­nance and other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to the RWA, three peo­ple took charge of the com­plex. In 2013, a fire broke out in one of the blocks but till date no fire­fight­ing sys­tem has been in­stalled in the com­plex, says Sax­ena.

An­other prob­lem faced by res­i­dents is that there is no Ganga wa­ter sup­ply in the area and their con­ti­nous de­pen­dence on ground wa­ter means de­ple­tion of a pre­cious re­source.

Main is­sue

The area does not get Ganga wa­ter sup­ply - only ground wa­ter. Yet an­other is­sue con­cerns main­te­nance of lifts. A lo­cal ven­dor was given the main­te­nance con­tract for Kuoni el­e­va­tors and re­placed the orig­i­nal parts with lo­cal ones. Af­ter he left, the el­e­va­tor com­pany re­fused to take up main­te­nance work, says Sax­ena.

Prob­lems tack­led

None at all till now.

Wish list

The main­te­nance amount should be re­duced.

PHO­TOS: SAKIB ALI

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