Let resident representatives join ward units to fix problems: Panel to tell govt

Finalising recommendations for stronger municipal corporations after trifurcation of the existing civic body,the Dharamrajan Committee has proposed formation of ward committees,each comprising members of different civic agencies,the councillor and resident representatives to sort out local problems.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published:January 25, 2012 1:22 am

Finalising recommendations for stronger municipal corporations after trifurcation of the existing civic body,the Dharamrajan Committee has proposed formation of ward committees,each comprising members of different civic agencies,the councillor and resident representatives to sort out local problems.

“Councillors could not solve many problems relating to sewage and water as these come under bodies that are not under the MCD. Multi-civic bodies forming part of ward committees will help people get problems sorted at one place. There will be more accountability when problems are discussed and responsibilities fixed for a smaller population. We have proposed the structure. Accepting it or amending it is a prerogative of the government,” said K Dharamrajan who chairs the expert committee.

Participation from agencies like Delhi Jal Board,Sanitation department,Slum department and others,he said,will help solve problems of the residents. He said the committee was open to suggestions from the public.

The committee has proposed that every ward be divided into sub-wards with 800-900 households. Each sub-ward will select a representative who will be a member of the ward committee,which will be chaired by the councillor.

The committee will include eminent people who live in the area,five or six experts and officials of different departments. MCD officials and the area SHO will be part of the committee.

A separate vending committee is also proposed to look into problems of hawkers,vendors and those at the weekly bazaars. “Small traders face harassment while setting shop at weekly bazaars. Hawkers and vendors too face harassment from MCD and police. To provide them protection and a safe atmosphere,the vending committee will inspect the area and listen to their complaints,” Dharamrajan said.

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