After years of follow-ups with the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), storm drains of Indirapuram are now finally being cleaned.
Residents of Indirapuram have been complaining about choked drains and sewer lines for several years now. In response to a PIL filed by Alok Kumar, president of FedAOA, the Allahabad High Court had ordered GDA to look into Indirapuram's sewer and drainage problems. A six-member representative body of FedAOA met Vijay Yadav, vice-chairman of GDA, on February 29 to discuss the issues being faced by Indirapuram residents. The body urged Yadav to take immediate action on the choked drains and sewer lines in the area.
Members of Federation of Association of Apartment Owners (FedAOA), Ghaziabad, headed by Alok Kumar, once again met Yadav a few weeks back to discuss the dismal state of the drainage and garbage disposal systems in Indirapuram. Residents had also expressed concern about the monsoons, saying that the cleaning of drains would be difficult once it starts raining.
Most recently, residents also met Chakresh Jain, GDA's superintending engineer, about the issue.
The storm drain from Aditya mall to NH 24 will be cleaned in the first phase and the drain in front of the CISF camp will be taken up in the second phase. There has been no cleaning or desilting in either of these drains since 2010.
Speaking to City Spidey, Chakresh Jain said that with the monsoons just round the corner, he was looking at short-term solutions to the problem. "Implementing long-term measures to solve the problem will take time," added Jain.
Alok Kumar, president of FedAOA, said that the cleaning has been achieved after a long battle with the civic authorities. People residing along the Kala Patthar road said it was constantly under the threat of getting submerged in rainwater as a result of choked storm drains. Residents also pointed out that the cleaning would only be a success once the garbage removed from the drains was properly disposed of away from the drains.