Brief History of the Civil Society roots of URJA since its inception and a record of our work over the last decade
URJA, the apex body of RWAs in Delhi, was set up in 2005; It gathers, analyzes, disseminates information & aggregates public opinion to demand efficient delivery of civic amenities, health services, security, clean air and water to residents of Delhi through an accountable, efficient and responsive Government. We connect and network with around 2500 RWA apart from several significant NGOs of the city.
URJA in Delhi & JAFRA in Gurgaon as the apex body of RWAs in the two cities were instituted by active members of the advocacy group People’s Action to specifically address the needs of last mile governance at the colony level and accountability of civic authorities at the Municipal ward level.
URJA, a registered NGO in Delhi is managed by an independent Senate and its coordinators at the assembly constituency level.
November 2002: Our view of the issue regarding cheating by auto drivers was based on the abject failure of the Delhi Government in bringing the drivers to book and/ or making any dent in the situation.
Keeping in line with our approach of finding real solutions and channelising public opinion to positive Action, we created a chart of Distances between the main commuter points of Delhi. On the chart we also printed a conversion table that one can use to arrive at an approximately fare for the distance travelled.
The result was stunning. The chart revealed that on average every Auto/ Taxi overcharged commuters to the tune of 100% over and above the actual fare! The Delhi Government, faced with the reality, promised to think about such a chart to empower citizens of Delhi.
A fare Chart was released for both Autos and Taxis based on the Distance Chart, which gives approximate figures of what the fare should be between the main commuter points in Delhi.