Sec 119, Noida: The case of the overflowing drain
Residents of Gaur Grandeur and Amrapali Platinum apartments may not get any immediate respite from an overflowing drain in Sector 119, as Noida Authority is yet to acquire land to channelise the drainage to the Authority's main drain.
According to MP Sharma, project engineer of Noida Authority, the issue was brought to his attention six months ago. “The problem could not be addressed as Noida Authority does not have the land to construct the drain further. Once the Authority acquires land for the purpose, the problem will be solved,” he said. He added that the land acquisition process is in progress but could not confirm when the problem would be solved.
Meanwhile, the sewage from the open drain has been giving residents and commuters a difficult time. Residents complain that they are forced pass through the ankle-deep dirty water as it overflows on the road between Millennium School and Gaur Grandeur apartments.
RP Khanna, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), told City Spidey, “Residents and visitors, especially women and children, suffer the most as there is no alternative, but to wade through the dirty water. Years have passed, but Noida Authority has failed to address the issue.”
For residents, the problem is a perennial one. But authorities don’t seem to have many solutions for them. According to Subrata Kanth, sanitation inspector of Noida Authority, “The problem arose because the drain is not connected to the main drain. It has been closed at the entry gate of Millennium school. To provide residents an interim relief, we will open the drain towards the fields near Amrapali Zodiac apartment. But, the farmers have objected strongly to this.”