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12-18 December 2014

RNI No. HARENG/2011/39319, Postal Regn. No. GRG/35/2012-2014

Vol. 4 No. 17  Pages 16  ` 10

Citizens Aware, Builders Beware prakhar PANDEY

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }

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transparent administration is delivered. The different agencies working in Gurgaon will be strengthened, and the office of the DC will act as a bridge, to ensure that there is synergy in administration," he asserts. He expresses confidence that good intentions and good work by his office will ensure that HUDA, MCG and TCP (Town & Country Planning) function in tandem and deliver quality governance. Describing Gurgaon as a challenging place, the DC says that there are two sides to it: on the one side people want to make it a Smart City, and on the other the capacities of the government departments are at a bare minimum. The institutional framework is lacking... and cannot be built overnight. The DC wants to delegate work to the citizens (maybe through RWAs), treating them as units of self-governance. "I want to empower them and delegate work such as UID cards and Voter ID cards, and bring them into various facets of local governance," he says. “The massive problem of waste generation can be resolved if we can take RWAs into confidence. In no country in the world does waste segregation take place at the final destination; it is ideal at the start. "If people become active partners, a lot of problems will be resolved". The Gurgaon Administration is also gearing up to use technology to map the City and to build

orruption-free governance and the resolution of conflicts between builders and RWAs in Gurgaon would be the two top priorities of the newly appointed District Commissioner (DC), T.L. Satyaprakash. He also would like the citizens of Gurgaon to become active participants in this endeavour for change. "The people need to speak out against corruption, complain to senior officials, and even come to me. They need to say No, if they want better governance and an improved quality of life," asserts Satyaprakash. He is a graduate in Genetics, with interests in Economics and Public Policy. The Gurgaon DC likes to assess problems Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner T.L. Satyaprakash, IAS at a macro-level and wants to design solutions that are of a more permanent nature. He is which has created a black market, which most willing to dialogue needs to be accounted for if we want a permawith the citizens, society nent solution for these shortages," he says. and the media, as he Asked about the need for a Gurthinks that informagaon Development Authority, the tion and knowledge DC says that the people should sharing helps in betlook at the DC as the Chief Faciliter understandtator. "The district administraing the various tion (together) will ensure that dimensions of a problem and in finding a ‘right’ soluCountry Planning Department. MCG Chief Vikas Gupta has also positively tion. Considerstated that the municipal corporation ing the multiple should not shirk responsibility to problems being faced resolve the City residents’ civic issues by Gurgaonites, and even outside of its jurisdiction. A the speed with which major push in favour of the RWAs has the City is growing, come from the District Administration, he admits that the govwhich had in the recent past also tried ernment does not have all to figure out a solution to this problem the solutions. "The civic but could not do much as elections and social problems of the were in the offing. In an exclusive public cannot be resolved interview with Friday Gurgaon, the only by administrative new Gurgaon District Commissioner outreach. We have to build { Abhishek Behl / FG } (DC), T.L. Satyaprakash says that an equation whereby the govwrite to us at letters@fridaygurgaon RWAs are extremely important for ernment, the corporates and the City and need to be effectively civil society work together as he days of builder hegemony, empowered. "Thirty five percent of stakeholders and solve the exopenly ‘endorsed’ by the previous Gurgaon lives in condominiums, and if tant problems," he asserts. As regime, seem numbered. The new I am able to put the RWAs in charge, the head of Gurgaon AdminAdministration has started giving the then a large part of the problems will istration, the DC is looking to right signals and messages. Though be resolved," he says. “RWAs for me create space for civil society, the redressal process is not going to are a unit of governance. Regarding and this would be primarily be smooth, due to legal issues, insiders their legal problems, I have initiated through the RWAs, to work say that actions are soon going to be a process wherein these will be taken together on policy issues and taken against colonisers who have up with the Senior Town Planner (this on implementation thereafter. not filed Declarations as per the has also been endorsed by the new For example, Satyaprakash says Haryana Apartment Act 1983 within HUDA Administrator, Anita Yadav).” that a solution for the water woes the required time frames. The HUDA He is clear that rules and regulations of Gurgaon can be developed only Administrator has also assured the pertaining to the filing of Declarations when the ‘unauthorised’ demand residents of private colonies that the and the terms and conditions of Licence is resolved and a viable supply soproblems raised by them would be Agreements need to be adhered to. lution is found. "Similarly there taken up with the officials of Town and is demand for various utilities,

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Anita Yadav too, in a communique to the City’s residents, has promised that the grievances of residents' welfare associations would be addressed within 15 days. HUDA officials will also meet one RWA every fifteen days, to review the issues pertaining to their sector(s). The grievances can be sent to the HUDA office in writing, and can also be emailed to admggnhuda@gmail.com. These positive vibes have had a salutary effect on Gurgaon civil society, which has been fighting valiantly against heavy odds. Colonel BK Dhawan, President Emeritus of the Silver Oaks RWA, who has been involved in a long and bitter battle with DLF, says that people in Gurgaon are very hopeful that the new Administration will end the perpetual stranglehold of the builders on the colonies. Dhawan says that as per the Haryana Apartment Act 1983, the builder has to build a project and, after filing the Deed of Declaration, hand over the condominium to the RWA. However, the lure of commercially exploiting the common areas (for a school, club, community centre, shopping area) has ensured that the legal process of handing over is delayed forever, and the residents have to forever follow the diktats of the coloniser.

Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) twitter account: @Commissioner MCG For grievances in HUDA sectors (and even private builder areas), email admggnhuda@gmail.com

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