The AAP is all set to finally keep a promise made during its assembly campaign — a functional ‘mohalla sabha’ in every area in the capital.
The mohallas have been demarcated on the basis of polling booths and the voters’ list in each area, said AAP leader Atishi Marlena. “We need a certified voters’ list from the Election Commission for each area. We have divided mohalla sabhas on the basis of polling booths. Each sabha will be based around one polling booth,” said Atishi Marlena, who is spearheading the project.
A team of 15 volunteers has completed the task of forming mohalla sabhas in every area, said sources, adding that the process also involved mapping the mohallas, digitising the results and transferring the data to an App.
The App — called My track — will track each mohalla; it will have details of each house and each facility in an area. “We asked our teams to track the boundaries of the mohalla, which will then be recorded. Our revenue or mapping department didn’t have the resources to do this kind of mapping. We have done this within four to five months… officials told us they would have taken two to three years to finish this task,” said Marlena.
The information will be useful while undertaking developmental works in these areas, said sources. The data collected by AAP workers — on the residents and facilities of every area in Delhi — will also come in handy as the party gears up for municipal elections next year.
In congested areas in old Delhi, the AAP team was able to record information about mohallas and trace their boundaries only in the night, said a source.
“These mohallas will be notified in the beginning of the new financial year,” said the source.
Meanwhile, the AAP’s initial concept of mohalla sabha has undergone some changes. Earlier, AAP volunteers and leaders, along with local MLAs, were supposed to organise ‘mohalla sabhas’ to interact with local residents and get to know their demands for the area. However, the government soon realised that the idea was impractical, said sources.“We have budget of Rs 50 lakh per mohalla, but people wanted projects worth crores. Now, we have decided to hold two meetings, one to seek suggestions and the other to hold a vote on which of these are practical,” said Marlena.
In the forthcoming Delhi Assembly budget session, funds would be allocated for mohalla sabhas, which would be used to improve the infrastructure and facilities in each area.