From: mohanlal panda <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 9:40 AM
Subject: Fix responsibility of the civic agencies for Yusuf sarai chaos
Greetings from PVCHR.
Please refer to the link and news item it refers too below: http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Daily/skins/TOINEW/navigator.asp?Daily=CAP&showST=true&login=default&pub=TOI
2 months on, nobody clears footpath rubble
Maria Akram | TNN
New Delhi: The sprawling Yusuf Sarai market woke up to battered footpaths one fine morning on April 12. More than two months later, shoppers are still doing a hop, skip and jump over the rubble. For pedestrians, it is a nightmare with some even tripping over the scattered debris. But the civic agencies — PWD and MCD — are busy passing the buck over who would clear the mess.
While MCD has washed its hands of the mess, the PWD told this reporter that they were willing to do the job. "I have already issued orders to get the rubble cleared even though the market comes under the MCD," said principal secretary, PWD, Nutan Guha Biswas. But despite the orders, nothing has changed on the ground.
The MCD claims that clearing the rubble is not its responsibility. "The market is under the municipal corporation, but road maintenance is the responsibility of PWD. MCD has nothing to do with the debris," said MCD official Deep Mathur.
With the authorities in no hurry to act, pedestrians using this busy road are going through hell. "During peak traffic hours, it's risky to walk on this stretch. I hope something is done immediately by the authorities," said Sunaina Dahiya, a salesgirl.
Even traders are upset. "The broken pavements are directly affecting our sales figures as there is no space for people to walk. And no parking space is available," said trader Subhash Chand (56).
PWD had lodged a police complaint immediately after the demolition, blaming the president of the Yusuf Sarai Market Traders Association, R K Sharma. PWD had alleged in the complaint that the traders' association had deliberately broken the footpath. Sharma was arrested and is now out on bail. The matter is now in court.
Sir, on behalf of PVCHR, I request you to direct the state so that the agencies understand their responsibilities in true spirit of service to the people of Delhi. The government must clearly define the responsibility in case such problems take place in future. These government created problems should be addressed in a time bound manner otherwise concerned officer must be punished for neglecting public service
Dr. Mohanlal Panda
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