January 2007: URJA &People's Action organises the first public meeting under the aegis of NDPA on 9th January. Residents and political party leaders met face to face to discuss vexatious issues and the issue of municipal elections and the role of RWAs in the coming elections. On 23 rd January, People's Action organizes the first ever Political Convention of RWAs to determine the extent and role of RWAs in the coming municipal elections. A decision to involve residents in candidate selection is passed by consensus and a methodology is laid out at the Convention.
URJA initiates the first protest against the construction of Commonwealth Games Village on the Yamuna river bed. URJA members from different parts of the city reach the Yamuna river-bad and organize a Havan with a priest in attendance to signify the beginning of their campaign against land grabbing in the river bed.
February 2007: URJA starts a campaign to enhance voter involvement in the Municipal Elections. To energise middle class interest in civic polls, People's Action draws up a template for RWAs to mobilize residents through an engaging procedure for identifying deserving, honest, clean and capable candidates from within their communities.
Consolidation of RWAs along wards is undertaken and People's Action oversees formation of Ward Committees in various wards where the candidate selection process starts. Eight independent candidates are thrown up in this process. URJA urges political parties to own these candidates and give them tickets to fight elections.
March 2007: In colonies where RWAs are not organised, URJA starts a new campaign called “Janata ka Ummeedwar” or “People's Candidate” and executes similar strategy to identify prospective candidates. Delhi’s largest Hindi newspaper, Punjab Kesri comes on board as a partner in the campaign. 13 candidates are identified and join the municipal elections fray.
April 2007: Over 350 RWAs across the city participated in the candidate election exercise and 21 candidates finally remained in the fray for election. URJA & People’s Action calls for a convention to discuss post-election strategies and lessons learnt. Many of the candidates took third place behind the giant national parties Congress and the BJP. One candidate notched up over 10% of the vote. Results of elections are analysed at the convention and a new thinking emerges that justifies greater involvement of residents in municipal elections. Convention also throws up the first ever demand for the creation of Resident Ward Committees which will be recognized by the Municipal body. Also, for the first time, a demand to split the Municipal Corporation of Delhi into 7 segments to correspond with Lok Sabha Constituencies is raised at the Convention of RWAs.
URJA & People's Action organizes the first protest against Blue line bus deaths in the city with a candle light vigil at the Jantar Mantar. Over 100 people die every year due to Blue line mishaps, but the Government refused to phase these buses out due to political reasons. The protest raised awareness on the issue and URJA RWA members participate in good strength.
October 2007: After a shocking Blueline bus accident which killed 8 people in one incident, People's Action organises victims under an Association of Blueline Victims. A half day protest by URJA RWA outside the CM's residence culminated in this group action designed to protect the rights of poor people whose families lost earning members.
November 2007: The much touted High Capacity Bus System [HCBS] creates a mess for traffic and all hell breaks loose. URJA & People's Action takes lead in pointing out serious deficiencies in the plan which as it turns out was attempted without carrying out full due diligence.
People's Action takes assistance of its legal associates and the Association of Blueline Victims go to Court claiming compensation for victims' families.
January 2008: URJA organises a people's Inauguration of the RTR Flyover which had been kept on hold for want of a VIP to inaugurate it, in spite of inconveniencing thousands of commuters every day. Members of People's Action along with URJA members cut the ribbon and ‘officially' inaugurate the flyover and declare it open.
April 2008: HCBS, now renamed Bus Rapid Transport [BRT] opens for trials and is immediately a failure. Interminable jams, slow bus speeds question the very purpose of a scheme that had earlier failed in Pune. URJA organizes a public protest against the ill-conceived scheme and fuels debate on whether these projects are for the people, or for personal profit of politicians.
June 2008: URJA initiates a campaign to establish Ward Committees with a view to aligning RWAs along Assembly Constituency lines. This campaign aligns RWAs within each ward to forge Committees made of their members who then conjoin with other wards within each Assembly segment a form an Assembly Committee.
August 2008: The three month campaign concludes with the creation of Committees in 35 Assembly constituencies, or half of Delhi’s political constituencies and a hierarchy is created for effective coverage administration of the network. One of the first tasks for the Committees is to work to make the upcoming URJA Convention and AGM a success.
September 2008: URJA & People’s action launches a new insignia and design for the URJA logo and this is unveiled at the URJA Convention. The Convention is the biggest congregation of RWAs with over 500 delegates from across the city. The full day programme is attended by the MCD top brass and leaders of both main line political parties. The second half of the day is covered by presentations by environment activists, power experts and RTI activists. The convention passes a resolution to make the Resident Ward Committees mandatory.
November 2008: The 10-member URJA Senate is formalized with temporary charge and a new command is put in place to operate through consensus. The Senate consists of one member from each of the seven zones of URJA and three representative members from People's Action.