Coronavirus Effect - RWAs Behaving Like Hostel Wardens, Not Allowing Outsiders In

Let's be honest, the coronavirus lockdown has not been easy on anyone. First implemented from March 25, at the very least it is till May 17, if not longer. One place where it has had adverse effects are the RWA's. That's right housing societies are going into overdrive and they may have just done a bit too much in the bid to combat this disease. 

Truth be told, the war between residents and RWAs has been brewing well before the lockdown was imposed. But due to the paranoia of coronavirus, more fuel has been added to an already raging fire. 

Now some restrictions are reasonable, but several are bizarre to say the least as far as the residents are concerned. The daily obsessive monitoring has left residents no choice but to compare them to hostel wardens. 

Banning newspapers and deliveries and stopping people from going to work, even when they are in essential services, are some of the bizarre rules that RWAs have come up with. 

A RWA member of a housing society in East Delhi said he was monitoring the the main gate through CCTV footage, according to a TOI report. 

“The SHO of every area is contacting RWAs to ensure enforcement of lockdown. Then why should we be blamed for it? I have told the residents that if they will go out for unnecessary work, I will inform the police,” he said. 

“I had to put the RWA WhatsApp group on mute because they share bizarre illogical COVID-19-related information. I couldn’t leave the group because I have to keep track of what service is being stopped by them next – the rules are insane and they change it whenever they feel like,” said Dhananjay Gairola, a resident of West Delhi. 

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"Our RWA stopped newspaper distribution in the society last month, and we still don’t get them,” said a resident of Vasant Kunj. 

One society in Ghaziabad really took it too far when the Apartment Owners’ Association made the rule that any resident who brought in an outsider would be fined Rs 11,000 and no power and water would be provided until the penalty is paid. 

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“No outsider is allowed in the society. As you know, the number of Covid patients is increasing steadily. Three societies have been sealed in Raj Nagar Extension in past 20 days. You are requested not to bring any outsider in society or argue with security guards. Legal action will be taken against anyone who breaks the rule,” the notice read. 

"The power and water supply of a resident who breaks this rule will be cut and a penalty of Rs 11,000 will be imposed. This amount will be deposited in PM-CARES fund. Power and water supply will not resume till the money is deposited. You all are literate, so please do not do anything which leads to the sealing of the society,” it added.   

Needless to say, there is outrage over this. 

“It is an attempt to create fear and unrest. We know outsiders are not allowed. But this is an extreme step,” said a resident. 

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In all fairness, taking precautions is good, but something should not be overdone. This current scenario is only creating more division with residents and RWAs. The fear of coronavirus is more dangerous than coronavirus itself. Now it is true that restrictions cannot be completely lifted, so some middle ground has to be reached between the two warring parties.  



source https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/coronavirus-effect-rwas-behaving-like-hostel-wardens-not-allowing-outsiders-in-512939.html

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