Residents of Parsvnath Prestige, a residential society in Sector 93A, Noida, have been grappling with a clogged storm water drain for some time now.
According to them, three months back Noida Authority had constructed a concrete service lane parallel to the society’s boundary walls, but the debris that piled up during construction was yet to be cleared. Moreover, due to heavy downpour, the debris ran into the storm water drain. Consequently, the drain meant for carrying rainwater in the monsoons got clogged.
Rajnish Nandan, president of RWA, said that a massive cleaning drive under the guidance of Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer of Noida Authority, was under way and that he appreciated the efforts taken for removing debris from across the city, but he is unable to understand why officers had not cleared the rubbish outside the society yet. He claimed that because of the choked drain, the direction of the water flow had reversed.
RS Agarwal, sanitation inspector of Noida Authority, claimed that he had proposed cleaning the drain even before the top officers did. “But the proposal was cancelled due to an internal issue, and now it is not possible for us to unclog the drain,” he said.
However, there is another side to the story. Residents can also be held responsible for the state of affairs. Several cars were parked on the storm water drain and have not been moved for many months. This illegal parking is an obstruction to the cleaning drive.
When City Spidey contacted Firoz Ahmed, junior engineer of Noida Authority, the officer said that the debris on the road would be removed within a day. “The cleaning is likely to be completed soon. Only this part of the service lane remains to be cleared. The staff has been strictly told to remove debris lying near Parsvnath Prestige.”