Sunil Sharma, BJP MLA from Sahibabad constituency in Ghaziabad District is a seasoned politician who has come from a hardcore Hindutva platform of Bajrang Dal and RSS. He has the distinction of holding positions in UP BJP in several capacities and was also the erstwhile MLA from Ghaziabad constituency from 2007-12. In this year’s assembly elections, Sunil Sharma held the record of trouncing his nearest rival—Amarpal Sharma of the SP-Cong combine, by a whopping margin of more than 1.5 lakh votes.
Sunil Sharma spoke to delhiNCRnews.in about his priorities for the Sahibabad Constituency—that comprises upscale colonies such as Indirapuram, Vaishali, Vasundhara, Kaushambi, Shalimar Garden, Surya Nagar, among others.
- As we are almost a month into BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh, what kind of development works are you pushing for, for your constituency Sahibabad?
The development works are of two kinds: First are the routine set of works like sewer, streetlights, maintenance related tasks, horticulture, road repair etc; the second are providing potable water for a huge population of almost 18 wards of Mohan Nagar Zone; establishing a government hospital & college in Trans-Hindon, that is a long-standing demand of the residents here; extension of Metro line from Vaishali to Mohan Nagar via Vasundhara, along the Link Road; a sports stadium for children and youth, as well as a development package for Khoda. All these issues top my agenda for the time being, now that the people have showered their love and affection on me by giving me this ‘high’ victory margin.
- What kind of beginning have you made thus?
As I said, my focus will be the implementation of all the aforementioned projects for which recently there was a meeting with Gen. V.K. Singh who is MP from Ghaziabad. We met in Delhi, where representatives of GDA, Municipal Corporation, NHAI, NCR Planning Board etc were also present. Projects like NH 24 widening and creation of underpass underneath NH were discussed. These are measures that will not only help in traffic decongestion on NH 24, but also in the area surrounding Khoda, that is the need of the hour.
Another proposal is to hand over the ESIC Hospital at Shalimar Garden to ESIC Delhi so that the treatment of insured persons can start there. This again is a long-standing demand.
Also a package to augment drinking water supply was given to the previous government in UP, under the AMRUT Plan of the Centre, that has suffered from misappropriation of funds. These funds were to the tune of Rs. 350 crore, out of a total outlay of Rs 700-800 crore proposed. We have put a break on this misspend and are taking rectifying measures to use the remaining fund judiciously.
- How will you go about linking the Metro from Vaishali to Mohan Nagar, as you said right now? How will you manage funding for the project?
For the Metro, I have planned to meet the Commissioner, UP Housing Board (Avas Vikas) very soon. This is an important project to link the whole of Ghaziabad where Mohan Nagar will be an important transit and interchange point.
As far as funding for the project is concerned, we will engage every stakeholder like the Housing Board (Avas Vikas), Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and Municipal Corporation (GNN) to fund this particular Metro link. We will also approach the Govt. of India for funds in due course of time.
- Any current projects at this point?
As you are aware the Municipal Corporation has embarked on an ambitious drive to replace the sodium base streetlights with LED lights totalling 60,000. This mega project will help in lighting up every nook and corner of Ghaziabad and in my constituency I will make sure that even those areas that were previously not covered would have streetlights now. This will create a secure atmosphere in the night.
-(Interviewed by Prasoon Pant)