Noida: With monsoons around the corner, the concerns of Noida residents regarding stormwater drains have increased. As gathered, they had been complaining about the stench emanating from open drains in societies. Addressing these issues, the Noida Authority has announced its plan to cover the stormwater drains after receiving resident complaints of foul smell.
According to the Authority's water and sewage department, there are 30 main drains and at least 70 smaller drains passing through urban villages and residential areas of Noida. These are meant to carry the stormwater through during the monsoon but today are filled with garbage and waste.
Ritu Maheshwari, the CEO of Noida said that Noida Authority will begin by covering 10 drains in different areas. And if things run smoothly, other drains will also be covered.
According to reports, the Authority started covering sector-27 drains at a budget of 3.44 crore and will start working on three other drains passing by sectors 21, 25, 28, 29,30 and 37.
As gathered by residents, the foul smell compels them to keep doors and windows closed at all times. Moreover, stagnant water in the drains is a health concern and now the blockage due to waste and plastics in the drains is not giving way to the stormwater to pass through it.
Rajeev Sharma, RWA President of Sector 62, Rajat Bihar C Block, says, "Water rises in the drains during rain and thunderstorm creating unsanitary conditions for the residents. Dirty water gets logged here making it a breeding ground for mosquitoes."
However, according to the National Green Tribunal report of 2014, covering drains can increase toxicity and health-related problems due to the trapping of toxic gases. On this, the Authority says it plans to first repair the banks of these drains and then cover them with slabs so that it is easy to clean the drains when required by lifting the slabs.