VIJAY K. SALUJA
However efficient & selfless workers, the office bearers of RWAs are, they will not be able to fill the gap, unless, the residents put their best [honest] foot forward in helping them do so??!! Some may say, what am I talking about. Others may ask, what do they want from them, when they have appointed them the office bearers & also contribute maintenance charges [there are many, who shirk contributing, that, too!]
Well, I will discuss, why it is very imperative for each one of the resident to contribute his or her mite, in case society premises/markets, in which they live/trade-in, have to be properly maintained, on a sustainable basis. As the things stand, it is observed with anguish & concern that most of the residents/traders do not relate themselves to the activities of the RWA/TWA?
Why? They have no time?! There is too much politicking, some crib. They have many other chores to do-attending to children, old parents, girl [boy] friends, cars, pet dogs [who shit in the common areas] going to Gym, parlours, PVR, clubs, have to socialize to network, to surf, to chat , go to kitty parties, do other social work [as if RWA/TWA- activity, is anti-social work], rest at home, watch TV/ DVD`s, listen to newly acquired MP3, or stare at the ceiling etc etc! .Lists of chores, are endless.
But, if you have all these things to do, don`t office bearers have their personal tasks, too, to attend. If they devote time & energy on various [now] almost thankless tasks of RWA/TWA, then why grudge them some little benefits, if they try to derive[not that they should], one may ask. Why don’t you, the `aam` resident, come forward & loose the `tag` of aam & become special, by participating in RWA/TWA activities?
It is very easy to criticize & spend hours doing so, on the benches of local parks, in kitty parties or at homes, & pontificating, but, it is another matter, playing pro active & positive role [that too for your own benefit]
Let us see, how residents/traders can play their parts, in supplementing the efforts of RWA`s/TWA`s office bearers -a few suggestions
First thing which is imperative is-Stop criticizing the efforts of office bearers of RWA/TWA or Authorities.You never know under what constraint ,they could be working,too.
Second –applaud their efforts & use your network, in removing the bottlenecks[office bearers may be facing] of particular society, in which you live.-
Active, healthy senior citizens or housewives can help the school- children of their locality, in crossing busy roads, on which their school buses come, at going time & arriving time. I have observed this practice in UK & many European cities. They put on a Traffic Warden `overall`, given by the Traffic Police., during that period. They can as well co-ordinate with the traffic-authorities. I can try to get this organized with the Traffic Police, if there are willing residents. This will be BHAGIDARI, in real sense.
Talented –skilled, residents-which there are many, can organize skill development classes in the community centers of their sectors/societies. Social Welfare Deptt of Delhi Govt may also then render help..
Retired networked, civil, electrical, mechanical engineers, horticulturists, in particular, can help the authorities, in plugging water leakage/wastage, proper laying of road surfaces & their maintenance, efficient sanitation, upkeep of parks, drainage & sewerage systems, pillar boxes of electricity & telephone lines, getting information from the authorities about other facilities viz lifts, laying of utilities, conservation of trees & parks
Last but not least-Love your locality/society & nurture it like a child?! Why allow unauthorized construction, next door? Check it yourself. Seek the help of RWA/TWA etc etc.
Walk a disciplined dog[not shitting everywhere]!??
Bring a sense of discipline/order in the well-planned markets Presently,these are in very big mess-encroachments in corridors,parking lots,circulation spaces etc etc!!?
There are endless tasks, in a locality/markets & role for everyone & not for only the office bearers.
I am reminded of John F.Kennedy`s line –Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country`.
In a similar way, allow me to say `ASK NOT WHAT RWA,TWA OR AUTHORITIES, CAN DO FOR U, TELL THEM, WHAT U CAN DO FOR , YOUR LOCALITY & AUTHORITIES & THEN DO IT. `
If we try to follow a little, in spirit of, what little[though,there are many other points] I have said in these lines , I have no doubt, we can make USA or Singapore[ talking of their better managed localities, with no graffiti] out of our Dwarka/ Delhi.! What are we, the residents of Dwarka/DELHI, waiting for?
The writer is an Ex Chief Engineer[civil] , New Delhi Municipal Council
Dear Mr. Saluja,
Very well said, our newly elected team feeling the same thing "What RWA doing for us? Everytime i see only this question on every residents face. Nobody use to come forward to applaud the good work but everybody is having lots of time for criticism/complaint.
Actually what i feel that the problem created by only 10% of people who were sometime back were the part of the association and with the passage of time they started feeling ignorable so to be in the limelight they create unnecessary mess and started doing grupism/politicking. They dont want to realize that "CHANGE IS ALWAYS GOOD".
If everybody have the feeling of "What I am doing for my society/locality', then i believe 90% of problem will be sorted out easily.