Development works recommended

24 Feb 2014, Hindustan Times (Delhi)

I am quite hopeful that this time around, the recommendations will be implemented.ANKIT AWASTHI, resident, Neighbourhood-5

If the recommendations of the Committee on Local Bodies and Panchayati Raj Institutions are to be followed, Faridabad will have multilevel parking lots and CCTV cameras in congested areas, rainwater harvesting system in big parks, machines for cleaning of roads and each ward will have one machine for cleaning of sewer lines.

Faridabad MLA Anand Kaushik (centre) and Tigaon MLA Krishan Pal Gujjar (right) at the meeting.

The recommendations were made at the recent meeting of the committee held under the chairmanship of Faridabad MLA Anand Kaushik here. Tigaon MLA Krishan Pal Gujjar, Local Bodies Department principal secretary P Raghvendra Rao, Local Bodies Department director Vikas Gupta and Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) commissioner Vikas Yadav were present at the meeting.

Kaushik also desired that Faridabad and Gurgaon should have separate municipal solid waste management plants as the amount of garbage generated in both the cities is much higher than the capacity of the plant. The capacity of the municipal solid waste management plant at Badhwari is 600 MT while 1,200 MT waste is generated in both the cities everyday. As a result, nearly half the garbage goes untreated.

MCF sources said it is very difficult to provide a site for setting up a municipal solid waste plant as nobody wants a landfill site in their vicinity. “A few months back the proposal to develop a landfill site for municipal solid waste management plant at Pali was met with stiff resistance from the residents of the neighbouring areas. They held protests against any such move. The idea had to be abandoned,” said an MCF official, on condition of anonymity.

It was also proposed at the meeting that the headquarters of MCF be made in Sector 12 and a shopping mall be made in New Industrial Township presently housing the municipal headquarters.

The dividing roads of the sectors be widened and the green belts along those roads be protected with grills, all the intersections of the major roads be beautified and traffic signals be provided on them as per need were some other recommendations made by the committee.

The committee had held its previous meeting on August 3 last year wherein several recommendations were made that included cleaning of sewer lines and storm water drains, purchase of 10 hydraulic ladders for mending streetlights, filling up of vacancies for junior engineers and gardeners, indicators for roads and house numbers on the main roads and colony roads, etc. While some of the recommendations made earlier had been implemented, others are yet to be executed.

“I am quite hopeful that this time around, the recommendations made by the committee will be implemented sooner than later as the Lok Sabha elections are going to be held in a couple of months. The assembly elections are also not too far,” said Ankit Awasthi, a resident of Neighbourhood-5.

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