RWA Subscription by choice only
Several Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) are on a war footing after a local court recently ruled out that the residents are not liable to pay any kind of maintenance charges to the associations. The RWAs stress that funds are required for the upkeep of the area.
THE recent order by a local court that RWAs cannot force residents to pay maintenance charges has affected many associations.
However, RWAs of Dwarka, apparently, are not affected by the ruling. As the associations still maintain that they cannot leave maintenance issues on the municipal corporation, they also say that all residents cannot be forced for the same as it will only develop gaps between the RWA and the residents.
Meanwhile, residents claim that sometimes giving maintenance charges to the RWAs is better than leaving the work related to parks and roads on the municipal corporation.
There are more than 50 RWAs in the DDA pockets and hundreds of managing committees in cooperative group housing societies in Dwarka. The subject of subscription is a topic of discussion between the RWA and the residents and a majority of residents and RWA advocate the subscription amount in the favour of the welfare of the particular society.
Both the parties expressed their views on the subject of security primarily as the facility of guards to keep the societies safe is one of the most demanding aspects for which RWAs need support from the side of the residents in the form of maintenance charge which is very nominal in the DDA pockets and varies from Rs 100- 200.
RWA president Radhika Apartments, SS Chowhan says, “There are 976 flats in our apartment and we charge Rs 100 as maintenance charge. But about 100-150 flats do not pay this amount. Though we float circulars and appeal them to pay the amount but we do not force them. But ideally if people are availing facilities provided by the RWA they should not hesitate in paying this nominal sum.”
President of RWA Sector 14 Om Apartments Rakesh Godara agrees. “Without any fund, how can RWAs run? Without payment, RWA cannot afford the security guards which are very important for the pocket. Here there are 864 flats out of which 100 are vacant and another 100 flats are not paying the subscriptions amount. People should understand the importance of their contribution which helps us to keep the society maintained.”
General secretary of RWA, DDA Sector 5 SFS flats, Mahesh Gupta says on the court’s verdict and news. “I read the news and it was very clear that for the pockets of DDA in Dwarka that particular thing is not possible. It was clearly mentioned that those flats which are vacant and not availing the facilities of RWA are not liable to pay. Here in our pocket residents pay the subscription amount and we maintain our security and horticulture part as well from that support. Also in our allotment letters, it has been mentioned that those who avail the facilities given by RWA are liable to pay the subscription amount of Rs 150.”
Residents too advocate the subscription amount in the DDA pockets. A resident of Om Apartments, PL Dhingra who also supports the subscription charge says, “It should be made mandatory for all because it is our duty to support our society. Rs 100 is a very nominal amount and against that we get security and other support.”
It is our responsibility to keep our society secure and safe. If guards are there they would be paid and for that RWA or any organisation responsible for that should be supported. If one is not paying the amount then the security and other things would be missing and affect the pocket.
“Mansukh Sharma, resident, Sector 14”
Without funds, RWAs cannot afford security guards, who are necessary for security purposes. People should understand the importance of their monetary contribution which helps us to keep the society maintained.
“Rakesh Godara, President, Om Apartments”
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