AAP MLAs roll up sleeves, get cracking

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AAP MLAs roll up sleeves, get cracking

So Aam Aadmi Party – the newbie on the political block – has finally got hold of Delhi’s reins. Arvind Kejriwal has firmly settled in the Chief Minister’s chair and a lot of promises are being made – not just at the state level but now on the national front too.

But what is happening at the constituency level? Is the aam aadmi getting any relief from the local MLAs? Or, are our political novices from AAP still figuring out their work? Metrolife decided to ask some Aam Aadmi Party MLAs themselves about the most pressing problems in their areas and how they are going about solving them?

Dharmender Singh Koli, 27, one of the youth brigade of AAP, says he is busy getting the notoriously filthy bylanes of Seemapuri cleaned. “Seemapuri is an urban village with a large migrant population and poor garbage management. Heaps of filth can be found everywhere, besides open sewers. I am making sure that the MCD engineers don’t just hand over sanitation work to a contractor and forget about it, but see that it’s actually done.” 

Issuance of Aadhaar cards, Voter ID cards and ration cards to migrants here and ensuring that touts don’t take advantage of them is another major issue, highlights Koli.

For Vinod Kumar Binny, MLA from Laxmi Nagar, the bad quality of drinking water supplied to the area is a source of tension of late. “Residents have been complaining. You can live without electricity and roads but not water. I am in talks with DJB officials for faulty pipes to be repaired and interim arrangements to be made. Besides, the parking and security concerns of Laxmi Nagar market also need urgent attention,” says the former East Delhi councillor.

Down south, Prakash, the 25-year-old Masters of Commerce MLA from Deoli, claims to be battling the water mafia thriving in his area. “My constituency is primarily unauthorised colonies and slums where even DJB tubewells have been taken over by powerful private interests. I am taking the help of the police to ward these people off. Other issues of the slum residents like housing are also there,” he notes.MLA Jagdeep Singh of Harinagar is worried about the presence of only one hospital in the area - Deen Dayal Upadhyay. 

“DDU has been catering to five Assembly areas and over a lakh population. It is overcrowded, unhygienic and unavailability of medicines is a constraint. I am in talks with the CM and Health Minister for immediate approval for one clinic in every ward.” Jagdeep, also an insurance licentiate, has been known to visit hospitals and care for the sick, long before he became an MLA.

Rajesh Garg, the RTI activist-cum-MLA from Rohini has a different set of challenges. He informs us, “Rohini has mostly group housing societies with their own maintenance committees. Unfortunately, the maintenance does not take place well. Being in outer Delhi, law and order – snatchings, robbery etc. – is also a worry. I am seeing how people can coordinate better with civic agencies and police to tackle both the issues.” 

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