tenure of BJP Ward no. 6 which includes Dadumajra, Dadumajra Colony and Shahpur Colony will be known for a never-ending war with fellow councilor Rajesh Kalia and some controversies.
His ward has the only dumping ground in the city, which is said to be a stigma for the city.
The residents of her ward were in trouble but she remained focused on her fight with Kalia. Both never shied away from fighting in the open.
In 2019, when Kalia was being elected as the mayoral candidate, Fermila openly opposed him. She was one of the four candidates from the Scheduled Castes in the race for the post of mayor. After Kalia was declared the official candidate, he threw his weight behind rebel candidate Satish Kainth and even signed his nomination papers as a supporter. However, the BJP received an undertaking from Farmila, stating that “it was out of sentiment” that she signed on to Kainth’s nomination, but that she would support Kalia’s official candidacy.
However, the war between the two did not end.
In February 2019, when the then Mayor Kalia was presiding over an event in her ward, he allegedly tried to attack her by throwing a mike at her during a public function at Shahpur Colony near Dadu Majra. While Kalia alleged that Farmila tried to kill him and also used abusive language against him, Farmila denied the allegations and said that he snatched the mic from the then mayor because he used “abusive language” in his speech. were using. Then both had complained against each other to the then city BJP president Sanjay Tandon and party in-charge Dinesh Kumar.
Her efforts within the party bore fruit when, in the last year of her term, she was chosen as the deputy mayor’s candidate and won. Residents allege that Farmila may be deputy mayor today, but it is not useful to her own ward as there is nothing she has done.
Dadumajra Dumping Ground Joint Action Committee chairman Dayal Krishna said that in all these five years, Farmila was not available to the people even during the COVID period when they needed it the most.
“No development work has been done by the councilor in Dadu Majra Colony, whether it is to provide ration to the people during the Corona period or to raise an issue with the Municipal Corporation on the maintenance of the dumping ground. Even after removing the sewer line in Dadu Majra Colony, its level has not been completely repaired. Paver blocks were installed but still water stagnates at places and even goes inside residents’ houses,” said Dayal Krishna.
He said, “Many roads and roads still have potholes and the condition of the parks is very pathetic. There was only one place for children to play, the theme park, and it is sad to say that this dumping ground too has been turned into a sanitary landfill.
Dayal Krishna said that there is a Shramik Chowk in Dadu Majra. She had written to him several times to build a shelter there but she kept saying that she had no money. “But despite deferring it on the plea of no funds, an amount of Rs 99.5 lakh is still under development of his ward,” he said.
Jaswinder Singh, another resident of Dadumajra village, said how a gym in their community center was gathering dust. Even in Dadu Majra village, not a single work was done by the councilor. A community center was built and a gym was built, but the sad part is that the gym is not yet opened for the youth to exercise. But she kept avoiding and all the gym equipment lying inside is rotting,” said Jaswinder Singh.
Here people live in the shadow of the dumping ground
Even after five years, when people thought that they would get some relief from the dump, they are still suffering. More than 50,000 residents of Dadumajra are forced to spar with the dumping ground. Many people have developed breathing problems, skin irritation and rashes, but this has failed to wake up the authorities.
Though the municipal corporation claimed to have cleared the entire dump through legacy mining in 2019, not many were aware that the 5 lakh metric tonnes they had promised to clean is just half the waste. And there is waste after 2008 which is not being mined.
Farmila lists her achievements
When contacted, Councilor Farmila told Indian Express“The most development has happened during my tenure. From Governor to Madhya Pradesh, I have approached everyone for help and my efforts have paid off. The day I got elected, I sent this letter to build a wall of 20 feet so that Dadumajra’s goods would not enter people’s homes. In addition, I have implemented the heritage mining project which will do 5 lakh metric tonnes of bio-mining.
He further added, “Not only this, I am also getting pucca houses for people living in huts in Shahpur Colony. There are about 137 of them. Now they will not have to live in huts.”
Farmila said that he did a lot for his wards, whether it was new roads with pavers or road repairs.
“Sewer lines and water lines were passing through the houses of the residents and whenever there was a blockage, we would have to uproot someone’s drawing room floor. But now both the sewer line and the water line have been laid out and there will be no such
Now inconvenience,” she said.