GreNo West: On July 20, 2022, the heavy rainfall came as a respite from the hot and humid weather in GreNo West. It, however, also brought with itself the very prevalent issue of waterlogging on the roads of GreNo West. It caused inconvenience to the commuters and residents.
The Sector 1 area of GreNo West is a densely populated area with several housing societies such as Supertech Ecovillage 1, Panchsheel Hynish, Trident Embassy, Stellar Jeevan, Dev Sai Sportshome, Hawelia Valencia homes, Avantika Homes, Raksha tower, Paramount Emotions, Arihant Arden block J, Ace City, Spring Homes, Rajhans residency, Stellar one among others. The residents of these societies say that it was hard to deal with the aftermath of that rainfall as the roads of the sector were waterlogged.
Manish Kumar, Senior VP, NEFOWA and a resident of Supertech Ecovillage 1 says, “The cleaning of Sector 1 happens only after the rains. When the drains are full of garbage, nobody from the authority turns up to clean them. They only appear when the rainfall causes waterlogging and one can not find the difference between drain and roads. This issue is not just with the residents of Sector 1 but there are many other sectors which need care and development.”
Rahul Garg, a resident of Hawelia Valencia Homes, Greater Noida says, “The major problem was faced by the residents of Hawelia Valencia Homes and Arihant Arden. There is no proper drainage system and no properly constructed road there. Due to this, the waterlogging problem happens.”
@OfficialGNIDA @iassurendra see the condition of service roads across #GNW If drains are cleaned before monsoon & garbage is picked-up regularly from service roads then the situation may be better but it’s the same problem every time post every rain across #SmartCity @GNPC247 pic.twitter.com/fYsfqQHW00— Rahul Garg (@RahulGarg1983) July 20, 2022
He further says, “Almost all lanes are waterlogged, one cannot differentiate between drains and roads. I myself saw many bikers falling inside the drains. The schools are open and it is creating very big trouble in picking and dropping the kids even till the gate of the society.”
यह है कुछ घंटे की बारिश की तस्वीरे, हमारा ग्रेटर नोएडा वेस्ट की बेस्ट ? pic.twitter.com/24gNyM5qwe— Bharti Jaiswal (@Bharti_ji) July 20, 2022
Bharti Jaiswal, a resident of Arihant Arden says, “This is not the first time it has happened, it's been the same condition for the past 4 years. In these years, I have not seen a single person from the Greater Noida Authority cleaning the drains or the roads. How will parents pick their kids who return from school? Also, the kids get sick because of crossing the waterlogging roads.”
Who is responsible ? the residents who paid the tax regularly or the department concern who never visit to check if the drain is blocked or its overflowing , nothing has been changed in rainy season except kursi babu's in authority,the situation of service road Arihant Arden pic.twitter.com/GBQh3StBnf— Bharti Jaiswal (@Bharti_ji) July 20, 2022
She further says, “What sense does it make to live here? When you are still shouting for the basic amenities? The drains are filled with garbage, and after rains, the roads are waterlogged causing further issues like traffic jam. Why is the authority not prepared to deal with this?"
Rohan bhagat, a resident of Panchshel Hynish says, “I live in Panchsheel Hynish. I was scared to see the small children trying to get down from their school buses and crossing the waterlogged roads. I tried to help a few children in getting down from the buses and reach safely home. Authorities should make a plan to clean all the sectors on regular basis."
Neelima Nirmal, a resident of Supertech Ecovillage 1 says, "This society was badly waterlogged yesterday. We wanted to pick our daughter from school but it was so hard to go into the waterlogged basement of this society to take out our car. It was a terrible and hectic experience."
On this, we contacted Dr Umesh Chandra, an official from the Greater Noida Authority. He says, "I will get the cleaning work started in Sector 1 as early as possible."