Documentary on Hyd floods to raise awareness on encroachment ahead of polls

COVA Peace Network in collaboration with the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has produced a 30-minute documentary on the recent Hyderabad floods to raise the issue of encroachments ahead of the upcoming municipal elections.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  26 Nov 2020 12:07 PM GMT
Documentary on Hyd floods to raise awareness on encroachment ahead of polls

Hyderabad: COVA Peace Network in collaboration with the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has produced a 30-minute documentary on the recent Hyderabad floods to raise the issue of encroachments ahead of the upcoming municipal elections.

The objective of the documentary is to show the process of illegal encroachment, legalisation of encroached lands, and the fraudulent sale of these lands of water bodies to common people who end up paying the price, both in terms of flooding of their houses and their demolition by authorities.

The documentary can be watched here.

The United Federation of Residential Welfare Associations (UFERWAS) will organise programmes in different localities and screen the documentary to create awareness among people about encroachments that lead to flooding of homes and destruction of property and lives.

"The objective is to make citizens clearly understand the dangers of encroachments and motivate them to take this as an election issue and make the contesting candidates commit to the policies and actions they will undertake to reclaim water bodies and prevent further encroachments," said UNFERWAS.

UFERWAS will also organise webinars to facilitate citizens to get the plans and commitments from the contesting candidates from their wards on issues of civic amenities, water, electricity, and a transparent and corruption-free municipal administration.

Other important commitments that UFERWAS and other civil society organisations will demand from all political parties are proper constitution and functioning of area sabhas and ward committees that will also include genuine RWA and civil society representatives. It also wants ward development plans to be made in consultation with ward-level RWA and community groups, UFERWAS to be recognised as the nodal agency for all RWA activity and community engagement, and advisory committees for women, youth, senior citizens, and eminent citizens constituted as per the new Municipal Act.

UFERWAS is also mailing and using WhatsApp groups to let all residents of welfare associations in different wards know what their local corporator had promised and how much of it has been delivered. "We never ask residents to vote for a certain individual or a political party. The residents are free to see the report card and then decide who deserves their valuable vote," said UFERWAS.


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