Residents on sit-in protest to demand civic amenities

November 4th, 2008 - 12:09 am ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, Nov 3 (IANS) Over 250 residents of Kaushambi, including lawyers, doctors and professionals, staged a protest sit-in at the Ghaziabad civic corporation office Monday demanding basic infrastructure development of the area.The protesters, representing over 20,000 residents, allege their area is neglected by the civic authorities. “We want certain percentage of the tax we pay to be spent on development of our area. This will solve the problems of the remaining areas,” said Vipin Mittal, a resident.

The residents had stopped payment of house tax to the Municipal Corporation of Ghaziabad for two years earlier and had agreed to pay it on the assurances of the municipal commissioner. “Our demands have not been met by the agency as promised,” said Arvind Kejriwal, a resident and an RTI activist. The residents allege rampant corruption in the department.

Municipal Commissioner Ajay Shanker Pandey assured the protesters he would look into the matter. However, the protesters are not ready to call off their agitation.

They demand 60 percent of the revenue be spent on infrastructure development of the area and development of basic facilities be done on a priority basis.

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