Greater Noida: The residents of Greater Noida are riled over an open drain near the Gaur City 2 area which is causing several inconveniences to them. Residents of the nearby societies have complained about the issues caused by the open drain, including the foul smell, and that it has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and can be the cause of several diseases. They demand immediate action on this issue from the authorities concerned.
Residents of societies such as Raksha Addela, VVIP Homes, Gaur City 2 12/14th Avenues, and more have raised complaints about the open drain.
Swati Aggarwal, a resident of Gaur City 2, says, "People use the open drain as a dumping site to dispose of waste, including plastic waste, which leads to blockage. Authorities, despite numerous complaints, have turned a blind eye to it."
Naman Rawat, a resident of Raksha Addela says, "We are facing numerous problems due to that drain, foul smell, waste disposal, rising diseases and stray animals getting trapped in that drain.”
However, Salil Yadav, General Manager (Project) Greater Noida Authority, has a different opinion on the subject. He says, "The main problem is that it is a stormwater drain and is built for carrying out the rain water but now many residential high-rise societies throw sewer water in that drain. If not so, then how the stormwater drain has black or grey water? We will take the complain to CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) and UPPCB (Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board).”
He also says, "Our work is only to cover the drains, which we will do in the next six months. We have framed an estimate and once it gets technical sanction and administrative approval, then we will carry out the covering of the drain, but the main concern is that people throw sewer water and waste in these drains. Covering these drains is not the solution, it will enhance the number of harmful gases. Today, cleaning those drains which are packed is about impossible because there is no visibility there."