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Residents rue inability to elect ward leaders in SCB

Residents rue inability to elect ward leaders in SCB
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With Secunderabad Cantonment Board having denied around 28,123 voters to cast their vote in SCB electionsfollowing the Supreme Court order to eliminate those occupying the Central government lands in all 62 Cantonments, a pall of gloom descended on basti people residing across eight wards in SCB

Secunderabad: With Secunderabad Cantonment Board having denied around 28,123 voters to cast their vote in SCB electionsfollowing the Supreme Court order to eliminate those occupying the Central government lands in all 62 Cantonments, a pall of gloom descended on basti people residing across eight wards in SCB.

One among many, the most affected is ward no 2 where close to 17,687 voters who lost their chance to vote are now living in ambiguity and contended that the decision is unfairand would ditch their right to seek service from SCB. As the ward member is the only source to take up the issue to the notice of SCB, the residents claim that what guarantee is given that our grievances are heard by the ward member after losing the right to cast a vote.

Resident of Gunbazar, A Swaroopa claimed that, “We have been grappling with various civic issues till date and now the decision of SCB came as a shock that adds to our woes. We demand SCB to deal the issue with the Central government and give us the land documents that facilitate us to vote.” “We are worried now and have no idea whom to approach in case of any civic issue. If this is encouraged, we fear that there comes a time when the SCB asks us to evict the place claiming we are encroachers,” said Ishrat, another resident.

As many as residents lamented, that they have been suffering with drainage and water problems. For every two days the overflowing drainage inundates colonies and would receive drinking water once in 10 days with very few streets can avail the facility of water tanks. Now, our lives would become more worsen as there is no guarantee that we can avail the service from ward member after losing the eligibility to vote.

Amarender Reddy,Congress leader, said that a third class treatment is given to basti people by SCB. The SCB should make efforts to regularise the encroached land in order to give them the opportunity to elect the ward member who can only look into their rights and basic amenities.

BY Sushma Nagaraju

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