Almost all the representatives of the AOAs maintained that they had approached the authorities at one point or the other but with little effect on the problem.
Following the accidental death of a man in an Indirapuram high-rise which involved the occupants of a Paying Guest (PG) accommodation in the society, AOAs of the Ghaziabad township are planning to approach the authorities to initiate some action.
Speaking to City Spidey, Mohit Dwivedi, the president of Krishna Apra Garden AOA, said, the PG problem in societies has become a chronic problem. “We from the AOA have tried to get to the bottom of the problem but to no end. We were even unable to track the people who were running these accommodations,” Dwivedi added.
Dwivedi further pointed that such accomodations were a major threat to the sense of security of a gated residential society. “We do not know the people who are living in the flats and they keep changing from time to time. We do not even know which of the flats are involved in such activities. Even the shopkeepers of the cigarette kiosks in the neighbourhood have better information about the vacancy of these PGs,” Dwivedi further said.
We found that several AOAs were facing similar problems as Krishna Apra Garden. Almost all the representatives of the AOAs maintained that they had approached the authorities at one point or the other but with little effect on the problem.
Interestingly, AOA members are also of the point that the occupants of the PGs are seldom seen roaming the society premises in order to avoid undue attention. “Although there are over a dozen occupants in each of these PG flats, we don’t spot any such unknown people in the parks or other common premises. We can only notice the ample number of unidentified two-wheelers parked in the society premises,” said Kavita Mathur AOA president of Nirala Eden Park.
Speaking to City Spidey, Alok Kumar, the patron of Federation of Apartment Owners Association, said the federation had earlier approached various authorities such as Ghaziabad police, the district administration and the Ghaziabad Development Authority about the problem. Kumar maintained that the federation will hold a meeting with the authorities once again over the issue. “Looking at the increasing number number of incidents relating to PGs, we will very soon hold a meeting with the authorities and demand action,” Kumar added.