At a time when Noida Authority is stressing on the need to make the city clean, clogged sewers in the green belts along the busy Noida and Greater Noida Expressway are telling a different story.
The sewage stuck in the drains is an open invitation to the spread of viral diseases such as Dengue and Chikungunya. The green belts also provide ideal places for breeding of mosquitoes. But officials seem busy passing the buck.
It has been more than three months since a contractor of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) — the agency developing Metro lines between Noida and Greater Noida — obstructed the sewer flow of an open sewage drain from Sector 44 without prior permission of Noida Authority.
The DMRC is converting the drain into a service road, but refused to accept the fact that they had blocked the drain.
PD Garj, project director of DMRC, Noida and Greater Noida Metro rail line, said, "If the DMRC had indeed blocked the sewer drain, it would have made alternate arrangements too.”
HS Yadav, chief engineer with Noida Authority, has once again assured a solution, but has asked for time. He said the issue has been in his notice and will be solved shortly.
But the problem is gradually escalating as the motor installed for temporarily pumping out the sewer water is also not functioning. Residents complained that the accumulated sewer water is seeping into the ground, rendering ground water poisonous.
When contacted, Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer of the Authority, said he would ask the concerned engineers to look into the matter, and report how the open sewer could be blocked without prior permission.
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