Open electricity panels and uncovered drains are the two death traps that abound Alpha II, Greater Noida. Worried residents blame the callous attitude of the Greater Noida Authority for the state of civic negligence.
Despite several complaints and representations, officials have failed to take cognisance of the lurking danger. The civic body, the residents feel, seems to be waiting for a major tragedy before taking some corrective steps.
There were instances in the past when children and elderly slipped into the manholes and children ventured close to the open electricity panels. But the authority did nothing to address the issue.
A resident of the sector, Suman Sharma, told City Spidey that a few days ago, her eight-year-old son fell into an open drain while playing outside her house. Hearing his cries, some neighbours rushed to the spot and rescued him.
After the incident, she complained to the Greater Noida Authority about the missing drain cover. But the drain is yet to be covered.
Radheyshyam Tiwari, another resident, said he too is a victim of this manhole. Narrating his ordeal, he said, “While taking a stroll late in the evening, I landed in an open drain. I escaped from the trauma, but not without serious injuries.”
He reported the matter to the RWA of the sector and the RWA, in turn, forwarded his complaint to the authority officials. But the manhole is still uncovered.
President of Federation of Greater Noida Resident Welfare Association, Elam Singh Nagar, said he fails to understand why the authority has not taken any action in this regard despite receiving numerous complaints.
When contacted, Senior Manager of Greater Noida Authority, Anand Mohan Singh, conceded the threat posed by the open electric panels and manholes. As for remedial measures, he simply gave a standard answer most officials are used to.
"We have received complaints. We will look into the matter.”
He, however, failed to give a specific timeframe for redressal of the grievances of the residents.