After long last, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is all set to conduct a survey of the entire sewer network in Ahinsa Khand II. The neighbourhood is grappling with the issue of choked sewer lines for quite some time now.
GDA Executive Engineer, Kaptan Singh, informed that the authority has started the process of recruiting sewer and drainage consultants to carry out the survey. He, however, did not give specific dates for commencement and completion of the work.
"We will start the work as soon as the survey is complete. It's important to first study the current situation at the ground level. The locality has undergone a lot of changes since the time the sewer lines were laid. Many new apartments have come up putting additional burden on the existing sewer system. We are going to repair the old lines and lay new ones wherever required," he added.
However, Alok Kumar, President of Fed AOA Ghaziabad, does not seem to be content with the pace with which things are moving in this direction. Speaking to City Spidey, he said the work was supposed to start within a week of the residents' meeting with the GDA on February 29.
"They need to speed up the work. If it is not over before monsoon, rains will sure play spoilsport with all their efforts. The sewer work requires a lot of digging which is bound to hamper smooth traffic movement in the area and create chaos especially during rainy season," said Kumar.
But DK Maurya, a resident of Niho Scottish Gardens, has a different take. He is all praise for the efforts of the GDA, which he said, are towards a long-term solution to the sanitation problem. He hoped, in the end, it will benefit all.
"We fought a long battle for a solution to the sanitation problem. It is the result of a writ petition we had filed with the Allahabad High Court that the GDA has come into action,” he concluded.