MCG to form cit­i­zens’ pan­els for greater par­tic­i­pa­tion in projects

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram - HT Correspondent htre­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■

In or­der to en­sure greater par­tic­i­pa­tion of cit­i­zens in civic mat­ters, the Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of Gurugram (MCG) has de­cided to con­sti­tute three com­mit­tees — a ward com­mit­tee, an area com­mit­tee, and a sub-area com­mit­tee — the mem­bers of which will be se­lected by of­fi­cials of the civic body from among the city’s res­i­dents.

Pro­fes­sion­als such as re­tired de­fence or gov­ern­ment per­son­nel, teach­ers, area ex­perts, mem­bers of res­i­dents’ wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tions (RWAs) and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) can join the com­mit­tees.

“The com­mit­tees are also re­quired to give due rep­re­sen­ta­tion to women, and peo­ple from the sched­uled or back­ward classes,” said Yash­pal Ya­dav, MCG com­mis­sioner.

As per MCG of­fi­cials, for­ma­tion of such com­mit­tees is a pre­req­ui­site un­der the Haryana Mu­nic­i­pal Ci­ti­zen’s Par­tic­i­pa­tion Act, 2008, as they help res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in mat­ters re­lat­ing to their area.

MCG of­fi­cials said that while ward com­mit­tees would be con­sti­tuted un­der the chair­man­ship of the coun­cil­lor of each ward, area com­mit­tees will han­dle a par­tic­u­lar sec­tor, while a sub­area com­mit­tee will cover a par­tic­u­lar street or a colony.

MCG of­fi­cials said they ex­pect these com­mit­tees to be fi­nalised by Fe­bru­ary 2019.

Over­all, the three com­mit­tees will have the power to take de­ci­sions on a num­ber of civic is­sues, such as the lo­ca­tion of street­lights, com­mu­nity wa­ter taps, bus stops, etc. They will have the power to make sug­ges­tions re­gard­ing reg­u­la­tion of hawk­ing, park­ing of ve­hi­cles, and im­prov­ing pedes­trian ameni­ties.

In ad­di­tion, they are ex­pected to su­per­vise devel­op­ment works, un­der­take tax map­ping and re­mind res­i­dents to pay mu­nic­i­pal taxes. They will also as­sist in en­sur­ing clean­li­ness of the area, garbage col­lec­tion and con­ser­va­tion of wa­ter. The com­mit­tees will also par­tic­i­pate in en­sur­ing proper main­te­nance of roads, parks, green belts, and storm wa­ter drains.

Res­i­dents, how­ever, had mixed views re­gard­ing the devel­op­ment. “It is too early to judge. There is no doubt that ser­vices such as lack of street­lights and proper sewage sys­tem are ig­nored in many wards, but whether or not the for­ma­tion of com­mit­tees is the only so­lu­tion, only time will tell,” said Kan­ishk Srini­vasan, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 27. How­ever, Harshit Ku­mar, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 50, said, “There is a greater need of su­per­vi­sion for civic ameni­ties at the mi­cro level, for which coun­cil­lors alone are not enough. Such com­mit­tees will be help­ful.”

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■ For­ma­tion of such com­mit­tees is a pre­req­ui­site un­der the Haryana Mu­nic­i­pal Ci­ti­zen’s Par­tic­i­pa­tion Act, 2008, as they help res­i­dents par­tic­i­pate in mat­ters re­lat­ing to their area.

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