MCG to form citizens’ panels for greater participation in projects
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.”
■ 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.