RWAs to maintain parks in South Delhi

RWAs to maintain parks in South Delhi

Civic body to let residents take charge

In order to ensure public participation in upkeep of community parks, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to hand over their maintenance to resident welfare associations.

As per plans, the corporation would soon get into an agreement with the registered RWAs in its limits to monitor the maintainence of community parks.


However, the civic body would continue to bear the expenses of it as per the budgetary proposals of the horticulture department.

Officials said community parks would be handed over to the RWAs in a phased manner. 

“A policy is being framed for engaging the RWAs for maintenance of parks. The corporation would hand over the parks in phases. Over 20 parks each from the four zones are likely to be handed over to RWAs every month,” said a senior corporation official.

There are around 6,400 parks – including ornamental and general parks – in the limits of the South Corporation.

The corporation is targeting transfer of around 100 parks every month.
Officials said parks would be handed over to the RWAs in a maintained state.
Later on, the civic body would continue to bear the basic cost of mainatining the parks like salary of the gardeners and electricity bill of the motors among others.  
Officials said the RWAs’ role would largely be to monitor the maintenance work.

“With the RWAs becoming a stakeholder in maintenance of parks, it would help in keeping a proper check on the functioning of the gardeners,” an official said. “The RWAs would be free to do the micro management of the parks like installation of benches, flowerpots, construction of the pathways etc. It would also help in making the parks more secure,” the official added.

Theft of benches, flower pots and iron grills from parks are regular complaints across
the city.